Public Transport To Re Open In June, Museveni Says.
Ugandan public transport employees may now heave a sigh of relief as their operations will be allowed in June when all Ugandans have face masks.
In his presidential address on the COVID-19 situation in Uganda, President Museveni revealed that a section of the public have come out to express their inability to afford face masks. This has prompted the government to issue free masks to the population above the age of six.
“This mask must be worn all the time when you are in public. Whether you are sneezing, talking or coughing...'' he directed.
It is assumed that public transport will resume around June.2.2020 after all Ugandans get these masks that will protect them against the deadly virus. “These masks, like mosquito nets, will be distributed through the LC system. One mask per person of age 6 and above will be given. It must be worn all the time when you are in public,” the 'Another rap' hit maker said.
The government believes that face masks are an effective tool, that will take the war on the pandemic to another promising level.
The President mentioned other Key points from his address.
1. Shops selling general merchandise will open provided they are not in the shopping malls, shopping arcades and food markets. Shops in malls/arcades can't open now because it is impossible to observe social distancing in shopping malls or arcades.
2. The heroic market women that have slept in the work places for all these days, will be allowed to go home and come back to work daily if they want to.
3. Boda bodas won't carry passengers yet. They should continue to carry cargo as they have been doing during the time of the lock-down.
4. Bars, night-clubs, gyms, saunas, swimming pools and hair-salons, will stay closed for another 21 days since they cannot easily observe the rules of social distancing.
5. The International borders of Uganda and the airport will remain closed so that we do not import additional cases from outside.
6. Education institutions will open but only for finalists/candidate classes. There will be no first-term examinations. Social distancing is a must. Other learners will wait for now.
7. Curfew from 1900hours (Saa moja ya usiku) until 0630 hours (Saa kuminambiri na nusu za usiku), remains in place for another 21 days.
8. Food restaurants can open as long as the clients observe social-distancing and there is no air-conditioning which spreads the virus.
9. People with private cars will be allowed to drive as long as the car does not carry more than 3 people, including the driver.
10. All the other restrictions will remain in place for another 21 days.
NOTE: (a) Government is to provide free masks to all Ugandans aged six and above in two weeks' time. They will be distributed through the LC system.
(b) The national taskforce headed by the Rt Hon Prime Minister will meet and offer detailed SOPs in relation to these directives.