Hard Times: Some industries instructed to close

By Elina Jonas Ruzindaza
On 24 March 2020 at 03:57

The Ministry of Trade and Industry has issued instructions closing industries that are not involved in the production of items required in the fight against COVID-19 caused by coronavirus for two weeks or as may be advised after then.

The directive was issued yesterday March 23, 2020, as Rwanda continues to suspend a number of activities in a bid to avoid the spread of coronavirus.

The directive reads in part: ÔÇťApart from the food, beverage, water, pharmaceutical, sanitation, electrical as well as the basic equipment manufacturing industries, others are required to suspend their operations for two weeks to prevent the spread of coronavirus. "

As of yesterday, the number of COVID-19 patients stood at 36.

The new victims include nine people who arrived in Rwanda from Dubai, three from Kenya, two from the United States, one from Qatar, one from India and one person who has been diagnosed with Coronavirus in Rwanda.

The Ministry further directs that:

  • Only basic workers in the factory are to go to work as others work online from their homes
  • Have all the necessary equipment to protect their employees and clients from coronavirus infection, and to maintain a distance of at least one meter between one person and another.
  • Avoid raising the cost of what they produce
  • Determine the number of employees who will be working in these two weeks and give them travel passes.

The Ministry of Health advises that a person who shows COVID-19 symptoms should call the toll-free number 114, get help without leaving his/her home and email to [email protected], or WhatsApp message +250788202080 or call nearest health center.

The Ministry of Trade and Industry has issued instructions closing industries that are not involved in the production of items required in the fight against the coronavirus.

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