The resolutions to reopen some wellness centers were taken yesterday during a cabinet meeting chaired by President Paul at Urugwiro Village.
The bi-weekly meeting reviewed measures to contain spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. All existing measures and guidelines shall remain in force (including prohibition of movement from 10 PM – 4 AM) with the exception of some changes with immediate effect.
“Gyms and swimming pools shall resume operations upon assessment of compliance with COVID - 19 preventive measures. The relevant institutions will provide detailed guidelines. Live performances and cultural shows will resume gradually upon fulfillment of COVID - 19 preventive measures. The concerned institutions will provide detailed guidelines,” reads in part the statement.
Like other wellness facilities and a number of activities, the functioning of gyms was suspended on 15th March 2020 one day after confirming the first COVID-19 case in Rwanda.
On 8th June 2020, the Ministry of Sports gradually allowed different sporting activities to resume staring with cycling, Tennis, Gold, Hiking and other physical exercises respecting social distancing.
Other sports were allowed to resume on 13th July 2020. These include Cricket, Boxing, Karate, Kung Fu, Taekwondo, Judo, Skating, Kumasha, Badminton, Aerobic, Gymnastics in open air and adhering to COVID-19 health guidelines.
Concerts were also suspended on 8th March 2020 thus artists opted for online concerts to entertain fans.
Rwanda reports 5872 COVID-19 cases and 5872 recoveries since the first case was confirmed. 428 are active cases while 47 succumbed to the pandemic.
COVID-19 measures will be reviewed after 15 days upon a health assessment.
Citizens are reminded of the critical importance of complying with health measures including physical distancing, wearing face masks and hand hygiene.