Stringent: Curfew hours revised, wedding ceremonies prohibited

By IGIHE
On 15 December 2020 at 07:15

The cabinet meeting has set new stringent measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic which include reduced curfew hours while all social gatherings including wedding ceremonies and celebrations of all kinds are prohibited both in public and private settings.

According to the statement, movements are prohibited from 9 PM to 4 AM effective from 15th to 21st December 2020 while movements will be prohibited from 8 PM to 4 AM effective from December 22nd – 4th January.

The new measures have been announced following the up surging COVID-19 new cases whereby over 700 people were tested positive within 14 days while 6 succumbed to the virus in the same period.

The figures are higher compared to the previous time.

Among others, the cabinet meeting set special curfew hours in Musanze district prohibiting movements from 7pm until 4pm.

Based on the increasing cases, the cabinet meeting has suspended social gatherings at national level including the National Dialogue Council.

On 21st December, President Paul Kagame will hold talks with officials, citizens and journalists and deliver State of the Nation Address.

General preventive measures nationwide

a. From December 15th – 21st, movements are prohibited from 9 PM to 4 AM.

b. From December 22nd – 4th January, movements will be prohibited from 8 PM to 4 AM.

c. All social gatherings including wedding ceremonies and celebrations of all kinds are prohibited both in public and private settings.

d. Meetings and conferences should not exceed 30% of venue capacity. Event organizers must comply with all COVID –19 preventive measures. COVID - 19 tests will be required for all participants.

e. Offices of public and private institutions will operate at 30% capacity. Other employees will continue working from home on a rotational basis.

f. Public transportation (buses) will operate at 50% capacity in compliance with COVID – 19 preventative measures.

g. Services at places of worship shall operate once a week at no more than 50% of maximum occupancy.

h. Funerals should not exceed 50 persons.

i. Attendance at a wake/vigil (Ikiriyo) should not exceed 15 persons at any one time.
j. All gyms and swimming pools are closed. However, those at hotels may be used only by tested hotel residents.

k. The national football premier league games and training camps are suspended except for national football team competitions and clubs involved in international competitions.

Specific measures in Musanze city

a. Movements are prohibited from 7 PM to 4 AM.

b. Meetings and conferences shall be suspended for the next three weeks.

c. Services at places of worship shall operate once a week at no more than 30%of maximum occupancy.

d. Funerals should not exceed 30 persons.

All citizens are reminded of the critical importance of complying with health measures including physical distancing, wearing face masks and hand hygiene.

Penalties will be applied for non-compliance. All other existing measures and guidelines shall remain in force.

These measures will be reviewed after 3 weeks upon a health assessment.


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