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Covid-19 lockdown in Uganda relaxed with 93,675 cumulative cases

By Michael Nampala  31 July 2021 10:13am EAT

Uganda has been under a lockdown for the last 42 days and prior to that, it was 11 making a total of 53 days. But on July 30, 2021, the President addressed the nation easing the lockdown in most sectors. Bars, nightclubs, places of worship and schools will have to wait a little longer until the Covid-19 task force advises otherwise.

Presidential address on Covid-19

The President has eased the lockdown in Uganda

Highlights in the last Presidential Covid-19 address:

  •  Curfew time 7:00pm to 5:30am 
  • Boda bodas can operate up to 6:00pm, authorized to carry only one person or cargo and they should all be masked.
  • Kikuubo  - Kiosks to be removed, roadside vending banned, wholesale trading should largely be taking place in Kikuubo.
  • Manufacturers are encouraged to embrace online shopping
  • Malls, Arcades can open 
  • Burials - 20 people
  • Weddings - 20 people

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  • Places of Worship to remain closed, will be reviewed after 60 days
  • Outdoor sports - no spectators and mandatory testing of players and officials within 72 hours of the event.
  • Outdoor activities are allowed as long as you have masks on
  • Indoor activities  - Pool tables remain closed
  • Casinos - closed
  • Comedian and performing artists continue to perform virtually, to be revised after 42 days
  • Bars to remain closed 
  • Restaurants can open, but under strict adherence to the SOPs
  • Salons can also open under strict SOPs
  • Saunas are super spreaders, they should remain closed
  • Schools will remain closed until when sufficient vaccination of the eligible population and children aged 12-18 years old has taken place, learning should continue virtually.
  • Private vehicles can now move across district borders with 3 persons inclusive of the driver
  • Movement in and out of the country through the Entebbe airport remains open
  • Online VISA management systems be maintained
  • Cargo trucks - driver and turn man allowed with a Covid-19 negative test
  • Public Transport with a 50% capacity will be allowed by Monday (August 02), this will be reviewed every after two weeks
  • No air conditioning in all public transport
  • Public transport associations should regulate themselves 
  • Food markets remain open
  • Seasonal markets should remain closed because they are super spreaders
  • Conferences, workshops are banned unless when you have express permission from the Ministry of Health and other related MDAs.
  • Ministry of Finance working with Bank of Uganda will mobilize low cost credit for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

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