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Relaxed: Traditional weddings, receptions resume

By IGIHE
On 1 June 2021 at 02:35

The cabinet meeting held on Monday 31st May 2021 has lifted COVID-19 restrictions whereby traditional weddings and related receptions have resumed not exceeding 30 persons. Gaming activities have been also allowed to resume.

The cabinet meeting that convened yesterday at Village Urugwiro was chaired by President Paul Kagame. It also reviewed other COVID-19 preventive measures.

Traditional weddings and related receptions have been allowed to resume following nearly a year and half under restriction.

Usually Religious and civil wedding have been allowed with minimal attendance of 20 persons observing COVID-19 health guidelines. Receptions were not allowed that whoever caught violating the directive was subject to penalties.

The cabinet decision has lifted these restrictions for introduction and dowry giving that had been put on halt.

“Traditional wedding and related receptions shall resume not exceeding 30 people. However, when conducted in open gardens/hotels, entertainment venues or open gardens, they should not exceed 30% of venue capacity and COVID-19 testing will be required,” reads part of the cabinet communiqué.

Among others, outdoor sports has is allowed and must comply with health preventive measures.

The cabinet meeting also allowed gaming operators to resume activities gradually upon fulfilling COVID-19 preventive measures.

Curfew hours have been maintained between 10pm to 4am while all businesses shall close by 9pm.

However, special measures have been set for Karongi district where curfew starts from 7PM-4AM due to the increase of new COVID-19 cases.

New measures take immediate effect from 1st June 2021 to be reviewed after one month upon health assessment.

Among others; all bars will remain closed, places of worship adhering to health guidelines will continue to function at 50% maximum occupancy, public transport buses should not exceed 75% capacity, physical meetings will continue not exceeding 30% of venue capacity while public and private offices will continue with essential staff at no more than 50% capacity as other employees continue to work from home on a rotational basis.


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