President Museveni has made true his earlier promise to resume public transport in Uganda on Thursday June 4th as a way of easing the coronavirus lockdown on the population and the economy.
Museveni has however retailiated on his words before to open schools for final year students and maintained that schools, churches, bars, night clubs, gyms and saunas remain closed for the next 30 days for schools and 21 days for the rest in a bid to avoid further spread of the virus.
During his national address on Monday June 1, the president said the latter category cannot easily observe the social distancing rules.
Curfew will continue from 7pm until 6:30am for 21 more days.
“We have decided to postpone the re-opening of schools for candidate leaners for another one month as we prepare more and study the situation. We shall provide two television sets per village totalling to 140,000 TV sets for the entire country.” Museveni said.
The Summary of Museveni’s Address on 1st June 2020
1. Public transport is now allowed but will carry half of normal capacity including the driver and the conductor with effect from 4th June 2020. All passengers, driver and passengers must wear face masks
2. Brokers, taxi/bus touts, hawkers are not allowed in the public transport parks/ terminals.
3. Public and private transport is still banned in the border districts.
4. Bodabodas are still banned from carrying passengers until further notice.
5. Bars, saunas, salons, gyms, public swimming are still banned for another 21days.
6. International borders and airports will remain closed until further notice.
7. The school going candidates /finalists total to a number of 1.4m and Gov’t doesn’t have the resources to test the numbers for COVID-19 every 2 weeks. In addition, day scholars, school workers and teachers are still high risk because they oscillate between home and the school premises . Therefore, Schools will remain closed for the candidate learners for one more month. Gov’t will pursue long distance learning methodology (TVs, Radio, etc) for learners during the lockdown.
8. Curfew will continue from 7.00 pm to 6.30am.
9. Churches and mosques will remain closed.
10. Political and cultural public gatherings are still probihited until further notice.
11. Shopping malls will be allowed to open starting 4th June 2020.
12. Gov’t issued face masks will be ready for public distribution from 10th June 2020.
Border districts will be the first priority for face mask distribution.
13. The biggest number of cases are South Sudan Truck drivers
14. Four thousand (4,000) persons were arrested during the lockdown, there cases are going to reviewed ASAP and early release from jail may be considered.