By Mable Nakibuuka
The government of Uganda has through the Ministry of Health announced further relaxation of the national lockdown that was instituted in March this year following the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
According to new directives issued by government through the Minister for Health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, the has since reopened cinemas, gaming centres, massage parlours and mobile markets, all which resume operation effective November 14th, 2020.
The revelation was made by Minister Aceng during a press conference held on Monday, at which she revealed however that because of the phase of infection that the country is currently in, it would be unwise to open bars.
“Mass gatherings for prayers, political rallies, meetings and weddings shall not exceed 200 persons,” Minister Aceng said during the presser.
She added that “Considering the phase of the epidemic Uganda is in, with rising cases and deaths in urban areas, suspension on bars and discotheques will continue. Casinos and gaming outlets may only resume operations after fulfilling conditions included in the SOPs beginning November 14th, 2020.”
The Minister however noted that hours of operation will be restricted to between 6:30Am and 7:00Pm in order to observe curfew hours.
Below are the new guidelines announced by the Minister;
Mass gatherings for prayers, political rallies, meetings and weddings shall not exceed 200people maintaining a 2meter distance.
Cinema halls will be allowed to operate beginning 14th November with people keeping a 2 metre distance
Gyms and massage parlours aisle be open considering the 2 metre distance
Politicians shell ensure their gatherings are limited to 200 people at most, all wearing masks and keeping the 2 metre distance. Candidates shall remain seated in their vehicles as they move from place to place & wave through car windows.
Casinos and gaming outlets may resume beginning 24th November
Mobile markets may begin operations starting 14th November if leaders are empowered with SOPs.