Kigali lockdown extended

On 3 February 2021 at 04:00

The cabinet meeting held today on 2nd February 2021 has extended existing measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus including the lockdown in the city of Kigali.

The cabinet chaired by President Paul Kagame has decided that these measures will take effect from 3rd to 7th February 2021.

“To further contain spread of the pandemic, the Cabinet extended existing measures countrywide including the current lockdown in the city of Kigali from 3rd to 7th February 2021,” reads part of cabinet statement.

The cabinet meeting also set new measures to be effected countrywide from 8th to 22nd February 2021.

Specific measures in the city of Kigali

a) Movements are prohibited between 7pm to 4am
b) Public offices will be closed. All employees shall work from home, except for those providing essential services.
c) Private businesses will resume with essential staff at no more than 30% of staff capacity while other employees continue working from home on a rotational basis. Markets and malls will open for essential vendors and must not exceed 50% of registered traders. Businesses resuming operations must close by 5pm.
d) All schools (public and private) including universities will remain closed.
e) Movement between Kigali and other provinces and districts of the country is not permitted, except for essential services or tourism. Tourists must possess negative Covid-19 test results. Additionally, vehicles transporting goods will continue to function with no more than two people onboard.
f) Public and private transport will resume within Kigali. Public transport (buses) should not exceed 50% capacity. Bus operators will ensure passengers maintain social distancing and only passengers with masks will be allowed onboard.
g) Motos and bicycles are permitted to carry passengers and must observe strict hygiene.
h) Physical meetings, events and gatherings are prohibited
i) Gyms and recreational centers will remain closed. All swimming pools are closed except for those at hotels hosting testes guests. Only individual sports are permitted between 5am and 9am.
j) Restaurants and cafés will only provide catering service
k) All bars remain closed
l) Places of worship remain closed
m) Kigali International Airport will remain open. Arriving passengers must present a negative PCR taken within 72 hours prior to first departure. Departing passengers must present a negative PCR test before departure. All arriving passengers must self-quarantine for 7 days and take a PCR test at the end of this period.
n) Tourism activity will continue in strict adherence with COVID-19 health guidelines. This includes hotels, tour operators and transport service facilitating guests. Tourists and service providers shall inform RDB of itineraries.
o) Attendance at a wake/vigil (ikiriyo) should not exceed 10 people at any one time
p) Funeral gatherings should not exceed 15 persons
q) Gaming activities remain prohibited

Measures in the remaining part of the country

a) Movements are prohibited between 7pm to 4am
b) Movement between districts is prohibited
c) Schools will continue while respecting COVID-19 control measures
d) Places of worship remain closed
e) All social gatherings and events including religious wedding ceremonies, receptions, meetings, and conferences are prohibited
f) Public transport including motos and bicycles will continue
g) All bars will remain closed
h) Public gyms and swimming pools shall be restricted from the public with the exception of tested of tested guests staying at hotels
i) Attendance at a wake/vigil (ikiriyo) should not exceed 10 people at any one time
j) Funeral gatherings should not exceed 15 persons
k) Gaming activities remain prohibited

Considering the Covid-19 pandemic, the Cabinet also approved a Ministerial Order on the postponement of elections of Local Government and other specific elections that were scheduled for February and March 2021.