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Museveni Relaxes Lockdown, Public Transport to Resume On Monday

President Yoweri Museveni

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has relaxed the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions that he had announced on June 18.

The relaxed restrictions include lifting a ban on private and public transport and the inter-district movement ban, among others.

However, the president said that private cars are only allowed to carry three people including the driver while public transport vehicles are authorized to carry only 50 per cent of their capacity.

He told the country in an address last evening that the decline in COVID-19 positive cases and deaths necessitates relaxing some of the restrictions.

Bodabodas are now allowed to move up to 6 pm from 5 p.m. They have also been allowed to carry one passenger on the condition that both are wearing a face mask.

Public gatherings such as burials and weddings have been restricted to only 20 people. However, places of worship will remain closed until 60 days when the decision will be reviewed.

Outdoor sports activities are allowed without spectators and under strict SOPs. However indoor sports activities including gyms and pool table remains closed. Also to remain closed are gaming, betting, cinema, casinos, concerts, bars, saunas, and steam baths. Also banned are seasonal markets, mobile markets, conferences, workshops and seminars unless with permission from the ministry of health. This decision will be reviewed after another 42 days.

Schools are also to also remain closed until learners between the age of 12 and 18 have been fully vaccinated. However, the president said the Ministry of Health working with that of education should work out modalities to see medical schools opening.  For the public and formal sectors, staff levels have been revised from 10 to 20 per cent.

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