Stringent measures for COVID-19 prevention-guidelines violators

By Elina Jonas Ruzindaza
On 4 September 2020 at 08:47

The City of Kigali has announced tough penalties that include fines and detention for non-compliance of directives meant to curb the spread of the Coronavirus, including failure to wear or incorrectly wearing a face mask which will result in a fine of Rwf10,000 and 24-hour detention in a designated space, educated on the measures to prevent Coronavirus infections.

The new regulations apply to every resident, service provider, public and private institutions living in the City of Kigali and others.

These penalties stipulate that if a person not wearing a mask is a child above two years, the parent or guardian will be fined Rwf10,000. That’s fine for anyone who will not wear the mask.

Traders and service providers who refuse digital payment will be charged Rwf25,000 and possible closure of the business until they establish digital payment system.

For a person who violates curfew time, 7:00 pm will pay Rwf10,000 and 24-hour detention in a reserved space, educated on the measures to prevent Coronavirus infections.

For organizations, which will exceed the 50 percent employees as recommended by the government guidelines, will be fined Rwf150,000. The institution may also be required to close until the effort is enforced.

For a motorcyclist who operates without a hand sanitizer or found carrying a passenger without the mandatory headscarf will be subjected to a fine of Rwf25,000 and his motorcycle will be seized for five days.

Those who will be caught riding a passenger on a bicycle will be fined Rwf3,000 and both wil be put under detention in a reserved space for 24hours, educated on the measures to prevent Coronavirus infections.

A public bus that carries more people than the established number, 50% of the seats, the owner will be fined Rwf25,000 and his vehicle will be seized for not beyond five days.

If the number of participants in mourning exceeds the recommended population, the representative of the family will be fined Rwf10,000 for each person, and if the participation in the funeral exceeds the designated number the cemetery administration will pay Rwf25,000 for each person.

If the wedding ceremony exceeds the number of people required, the recipient of the event [church, religion, receptionist, or registrar] will pay Rwf25,000 for each person who went there.

Organizers and hosts of gatherings deemed unnecessary such as praying in homes, birthday, bridal shower, and baby parties will be fined Rwf200,000 while each attendee will have to pay Rwf25,000.

In addition to that, all the participants in the event will be placed in reserved space for 24-hour detention, educated on the measures to prevent Coronavirus infections. The place where such activities usually take place will be closed for a month.

Congregations services in the church and the mosque which is not allowed to open, the director of the church or mosque will be fined Rwf150,000.

Gathering for church services or mosques without complying with some or all of COVID-19 prevention guidelines, their leader (in the church or mosque) will pay Rwf10,000 and their activities will be suspended for a month.

A person who will leave or go to a place where it is prohibited to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic will be fined Rwf50,000 and 24-hour detention in a reserved space, educated on the measures to prevent Coronavirus infections.

Those who will escape the places which are under the lockdown program, then the fugitive will pay Rwf10,000, and the one who welcomed him will also have to pay Rwf100,00. The fugitive will be returned to his designated place of residence, without prejudice to the possibility of prosecuted for the crime of infecting others willingly.

For those who open bars whether in their normal place, in a hotel, in a restaurant, in a boutique, in a supermarket, at home and elsewhere, the owner of the business or the owner of the bar will be fined Rwf150,000.

The activities will be closed for a month but not less than three months and will be reopened only after demonstrating measures to prevent COVID-19.

A person who is caught in a bar or a place that has been turned into a bar will be fined Rwf25,000 and 24-hour detention in a reserved space, educated on the measures to prevent Coronavirus infections.

Markets and other commercial buildings failing to implement all required measures to help their clients avoid the COVID-19 pandemic including handwashing facilities, temperature screening, signs that show where to stand or sit complying with social distance, and employing those who assist in enforcing those measures will also be fined.

For large markets and retailers, will be fined Rwf300,000 provided by the market administration, bus stations, or commercial buildings. For other traders, working elsewhere, the business owner will have to pay Rwf50,000. Also, the market and other commercial buildings will be closed for three days.

For those who do not comply with the construction contract established by the Executive Committee of the Kigali City, the owner will pay from Rwf100,000 to one million based on the value of the construction work, and activities will be suspended for a month.

Motorcyclist who carrying a passenger without the mandatory headscarf or without a hand sanitizer or found will be fined Rwf25,000

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