President Museveni continues to ease lockdown as he opens schools and worshipping places.
Below are the key points to take away:
- Restrictions on movements on border districts are hereby lifted.
- Curfew, from 9 p.m to 6 a.m., will be maintained; but for the Boda bodas, their movements must
always end at 6 p.m.
- The places of worship should open with the following precautions:
- Individual prayers or confessions with priests or counselling with the necessary SOPs.
- Prayers and fellowships whose numbers do not exceed70 and by observing all the other SOPs.
- Night prayers and transnights are not allowed.
- The regular large gatherings of prayers and preachings of Sundays and Fridays will be considered at a later stage, depending on how the disease will be evolving; but the rule of the number of 70 and not more can be used on the Fridays and Sundays.
- There should be no Sunday School for children. Let the enemy first go away before the children are involved in this congregating (okwerundaana).
- Open-air activities of sports will re-open provided there are no spectators and the players are tested for Covid-19, 72 hours before. This test will expire in 14 days. Hence, the Sportsmen will have to repeat the test.
- Sportsmen and women should remember that masks should not be worn when you are engaged in strenuous exercises.
- With tournaments, teams should be quarantined for the whole season of the competition.
- Indoor sports activities, including gyms, remain closed. Why? It is because the virus spreads more in enclosed spaces.
- Casinos, gaming centres and cinemas remain closed. Why? It is because those activities are in enclosed spaces and are not compatible with social distancing.
- Bars shall remain closed. Why? It is because bars, apart from many of them being in enclosed spaces, which
phenomenon favours the rapid spread of the virus, are not known for sobriety and lack of sobriety is not compatible
with health safety through the observance of the health SOPs.
- Hotels will continue operating following the SOPs agreed with the Ministry of Health.
- Restaurants should continue to emphasize takeaways. Indoor restaurant services should be minimized and follow the SOPs.
- Mobile Markets, monthly cattle auction and produce markets, should remain closed as the Ministry of Health
continues to develop SOPs.
- Mass gatherings are still prohibited. Some people have been trying to use the recent NRM elections to justify their
own misbehaviours. Lining behind candidates, is not the same as holding public meetings. Lining behind candidates
would have been done scientifically (social-distancing) if the organizers had been serious. With public meetings,
however, there can be no social distancing, rationally.
- Our Bamasaaba grandchildren that are engaged in Imbalu in these months, have SOPs from the Ministry of Health
that was agreed with the Cultural Institution. There should be no processions dancing Kadodi – that is dangerous
congregating. The Security forces, especially the Police, should monitor those activities. Cases of Covid-19 have
gone up in Mbale recently. They are now 107 and 5 deaths have occurred in that area.