Police commends anti-coronavirus cooperation, condemns home bars during lockdown

On 30 March 2020 at 06:21

Rwanda National Police (RNP) has commended Rwandans for the efforts they have shown over the last week and their collaboration in helping prevent coronavirus from spreading, but strongly condemned citizens who turned their homes into bars and those who violate lockdown restrictions and leave their homes with no valid reason.

On March 29th, 2020, Commissioner of Police (CP) John Bosco Kabera, RNP Spokesperson reported on the current situation of Rwanda during the 2-week mandatory lockdown.

Kabera said that over the last week, some individuals left their homes with no valid reason and warned them that this week, measures will be reinforced and penalties imposed to those who will fail to respect preventive measures.

He said that apart from citizens who work in hospitals, banks, markets, and other essential businesses, only sick people are allowed to move out of their homes during the lockdown. "For grocery shopping, only one individual per household is allowed to move out or better call upon delivery services."

While the ministry of local government confirmed that alcohol consumption is not prohibited during the lockdown, RNP condemns individuals who have turned their homes into bars.

"We are not prohibiting people to consume alcohol but the least they can do is avoid calling over friends because that is how the virus spreads."

While taxi-moto drivers were prohibited to carry passengers, some went over the rules and did it while trucks that were allowed to carry fertilizers and veterinary products were intercepted carrying passengers as well.

RNP commended institutions which contributed to reinforcing preventive measures during lockdown by imposing a one-meter distance between customers.

CP Kabera said that the lockdown will continue until further notice.
On March 29th, 2020, the ministry of health announced that so far, 70 patients have tested positive for coronavirus.