Curfew time will stay from 7pm to 6.30am. The measure is both a security and health intervention. The curfew acts as a measure to restrict activities that depend on convergence of people from taking place, hence reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19. The idea is to discourage gatherings in homes, hotels, restaurants, etc. Going home
Curfew time will stay from 7pm to 6.30am. The measure is both a security and health intervention. The curfew acts as a measure to restrict activities that depend on convergence of people from taking place, hence reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19. The idea is to discourage gatherings in homes, hotels, restaurants, etc. Going home early and staying home the whole night is part of the prevention. It means less mixing.
Private vehicles can now carry 4 people, including the driver. They should observe SOPs like wearing masks.
Boda bodas. The Boda Boda riders and passengers are in close proximity during travel. Yet, physical distancing is an important prevention strategy for COVID 19. Despite innovations like barriers between rider and passenger, they remain a high risk carrier. Bodas will stay carrying cargo, not passengers.
Places of worship will stay closed. They pose a difficulty in contact tracing and are a high risk contamination area.
Arcades will stay closed. However, relevant agencies will work with arcade owners to pilot prevention procedures to inform future relaxation.
Mobile markets, like arcades, will stay closed. They are high risk areas, present difficulty in contact tracing! They attract people from far and across various districts with potential to exacerbate disease transmission.
Hawkers, vendors should be discouraged. These persons interact with persons in their homes, offices and cars when at traffic light stops etc and can’t be easily traced. However, they need targeted education/information
Repatriation of bodies for burial in Uganda. They can be repatriated but with strict SOPs from Health and Foreign Affairs Ministries. E.g. Body must be wrapped in a waterproof body bag, placed in a zinc lined coffin and an outer metal or wooden box.
Salons will stay closed. Activities here involve close contact between/among people. Contact tracing would be difficult too.
Travel in and out of Uganda for medical reasons should be barred, in principle. However, Ministry of Health and other agencies can handle case by case.
The following border districts will stay under lockdown: Rakai, Kyotera, Amuru, Buikwe, Gulu, Arua, Adjumani, Moyo, Nebbi, Zombo, Adjumani, Arua, Busia, Bulisa,Pakwach, Rubanda, Rubirizi, Rukiga, Rukungiri, Sironko, and Yumbe!
Education institutions will remain closed. Radios and written education materials will be distributed to every household in the country.
The Independent Electoral Commission, after consulting scientists, has proposed a “scientific” electoral process. Ugandans should support this exercise. The gathering for the elections themselves, can be safely managed with hand-washing, social-distancing (leaving gaps of the necessary metres between voters in line).
This would remove the uncertainty that would be created by the postponement of the elections but also ensure that elections are held safely.
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