President Yoweri Museveni has announced a new set of measures aimed at curtailing the spread of #Covid-19 and key among them is the closure of schools, churches and suspension of public transport between up-country districts except Kampala, Wakiso and Entebbe.
Museveni said the most infected age groups are people aged 20-29, 30-39 and 40-49 while 70-790 and 80 plus are less infected in the second wave that has hit the country in just two weeks as compared to four months in the first wave.
“All schools and other tertiary institutions are closed for 42 days effective tomorrow June 7. All teachers are to fully get vaccinated before they are accepted back in school” the president said while adding “Communal prayers in churches and mosques are suspended including open air churches for 42 days but online prayers are encouraged.
The president further banned public gatherings for cultural and any other except for cabinet and legislative arms of government. He also banned travel to countries that are listed in category A by World Health organisation and apparently, it is only India in this category. He however, said for those ugandans returning home, they are allowed.
Agricultural activities such as farming, grazing factory work are allowed but observing SOPs. He disclosed that the #Covid-19 committee had persuaded him to close Malls and Supermarkets but he has allowed malls and supermarkets to operate with a view that they respect and observe SOPs but again warned that he has given the one week if they don’t, he will close them.
Marriage ceremonies and other parties are allowed by strictly with 20 persons and with close observation of SOPs
“House parties aren’t allowed and burial are allowed but with 20 people. Weekly markets are suspended for 42 days”
Museveni also revealed that as opposed to the current method of arresting and charging violators of #Covid-19 , this time the committee resolved that the violators pay through express penalty.