Police urges public on adhering to new COVID-19 prevention measures

On 5 May 2020 at 01:53

The measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are still in place and should be respected to facilitate national efforts against the pandemic, Rwanda National Police (RNP) spokesperson has cautioned.

Commissioner of Police (CP) John Bosco Kabera said that the new measures have boundaries for every authorized services and movements, which must be respected to prevent getting infected or infecting others.

“Acceptable movements whether by public, private transport or pedestrians will resume but only within provinces and in City of Kigali. Movements beyond provinces and City of Kigali are prohibited and Police officers were deployed to ensure that this is respected,” CP Kabera said.

He emphasized wearing face-mask in public at all times, practicing social distancing in markets, shops, restaurants, hotels, buses, and while walking outside your home.

“Following separate meetings we had with other relevant institutions, Police have deployed the force to monitor and inspect these places to ensure compliance.

Specific areas of concern include markets, business centres, bus stations, and operating hospitality facilities.”

“Passengers are required to wear face masks, wash hands before boarding, and should always ensure distancing even in the bus. All movements after 8 PM are prohibited unless one has an emergency; the curfew will last up to 5 AM.

We urge authorized services providers such as hotels and restaurants to operate within the set measures and safety guidelines and respect the specified hours of operating, 7 PM.”

Enforcement, he said, was preceded by awareness campaign to explain the new measures. “Awareness has always been the key success factor in policing.”

CP Kabera further reminded those falling under the prohibited services to adhere to the directives.

Among the prohibited services are bars, churches, schools, sports, and recreational facilities as well as motorcycles and bicycles, which are not permitted to carry passengers.

“Those who will not comply with these directives shall face the law. You will be arrested, your vehicle, impounded and your business closed.”

He commended the public for the continued support and cooperation during this period to collectively fight COVID-19 pandemic.

CP Kabera urged the general population to call the Police on 112 or 0788311155 (also on WhatsApp) for information on people who violate the directives putting others at high risk and hampering national efforts against the virus.

Commissioner of Police (CP) John Bosco Kabera said that the new measures have boundaries for every authorized services and movements,