President Yoweri Museveni is set to keep pubs, bars and nightclubs shut when Uganda’s coronavirus lockdown is eased next week Wednesday.
A State House source also said in the country’s “new normal” commuters using public transport and people in cities will have to wear masks.
The source futher warns that inorder to keep crowding to a minimum, restaurants and hotels will be tasked with setting tough measures of limiting customers from exceeding a special number.
They will also have to close business by 7pm.
And this new normal will be in place for the forseeable future.
Borders will stay shut to persons with only cargo truck continuing operations.
Already, a truck will only be allowed on driver.
The State House said: “There will be no return to life as it was – instead we face a ‘new normal’ even once lockdown is eased.
“We may be able to occasionally see our closest loved ones – but interactions will be limited and for a while there will be no larger gatherings.
“While non-essential shops will be able to reopen after introducing social distancing measures, it is difficult to see how this can safely be extended to bars, restaurants or social spaces in a practicable way soon.”
Working from home must continue where possible, and this will be hugely encouraged.
People travelling on public transport must wear “non-medical face coverings to reduce the risk to others.”
Curfew time, we are told, will be eased by an hour to 8pm. This, Museveni, believes will go time to travellers to reach home in time.
Operators of public transport such as buses, taxis can start their engines on
Wednesday 6th May but must ensure social distancing for their passengers. This means that they will have less than their usual carrying capacity to be in compliance.
Motorbikes will not be allowed to carry passengers but continue to ferry goods. Private transport will also resume but restricted to the same city.
Markets across the country will continue to operate for food vendors and will be open for essential vendors but cannot exceed 50 per cent of their registered vendors. This is to ensure social distancing is adhered to.
A big debate still remains about schools and it’s inconclusive. But for now, the idea is that learners will continue learning remotely from home as both public and private schools remain closed.
Worshipers will also have to wait a little longer before they can congregate in their respective places of worship as they will remain closed.
The Catholic Church has already suspended the mass Martyrs celebrations that happen on June 3.
Meetings in public spaces and mass gatherings are also prohibited.
Fitness enthusiasts will have the liberty to carry out individual sporting activity in open spaces such as jogging however sporting such as gymnasiums shall remain closed.
Funeral gatherings shall not exceed 30 mourners. Previously, during the lockdown, mourners were limited to just a handful family members.
Museveni will further remind Ugandans that the partial lifting of the lockdown does not mean that the fight against COVID-19 is over. The government will start mass screening across the country and expects members of the public to continue observing guidelines such as hand washing, social distancing as well as report in the event one has symptoms.
Since the Covid-19 hit the world, President Museveni has been hugely impressed by the “resurging community spirit and togetherness” Ugandans have showed and he will encourage to keep up the spirit.
This will help in defeating the virus as one major force, the source adds.