Safety is your personal responsibility-Police

On 9 May 2020 at 07:40

Rwanda National Police (RNP) has reminded the general public to adhere to the government directives issued as part of the measures adopted to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The cabinet meeting resolutions of April 30 issued, starting on May 4, new guidelinesto be followed.

The guidelines specify that acceptable movements whether by public, private transport or pedestrian resume only within provinces and in City of Kigali. Crossing one province to another is not acceptable. People must wear a face-mask in public at all times; they have to practice social distancing in markets, shops, restaurants, hotels, buses, and while walking; Motorcycles and bicycles are not permitted to carry passengers.

Hotels and restaurants will operate up to 7 pm and follow all health regulations. All movements after 8 PM are prohibited unless one has an emergency. The curfew will last up to 5 AM.

Bars and churches are closed. Meetings in public places and mass gatherings are prohibited. Sports facilities shall remain closed but individual sporting activities in open space are permitted.

RNP spokesperson, Commissioner of Police (CP) John Bosco Kabera, said that some people still engage in prohibited actions and urged them to desist from such “risky and dangerous behaviors.”

"There are individuals and peer groups that still violate these directives. People who go without their face masks or who violate the curfew; wearing face mask, washing your hands regularly, maintaining at least one-metre distance, avoiding unnecessary movements, conducting essential movement only within your region; all these were adopted to ensure your safety. Don’t be forced to ensure own safety; your safety should be your personal responsibility… it starts with you,” CP Kabera said.

So far, more than 1400 people were caught violating the curfew and 1500 others for not wearing their face-mask.

CP Kabera noted that the force is working with all relevant institutions to ensure that these measures are implemented and respected.

“We urge the public to comply with these safety instructions, which are meant to protect and save lives from this pandemic. Remember, protecting yourself and others is your responsibility,” CP Kabera said.

The spokesperson emphasized that in order to keep yourself and others safe, those who are not going to work or for essential services should remain at home, and to report those who travel from other regions to their homes and putting their lives at risk.

CP Kabera added: “Rwanda National Police appreciates the public for its continued support and cooperation during this period, as we collectively fight against COVID-19. We urge the public to call us on 112 or 0788311155 (also on WhatsApp) and give us information on people who violate these directives.”

RNP spokesperson, Commissioner of Police (CP) John Bosco Kabera.