By Sarah Mazirwe – Kampala, Uganda, Tuesday, June 2, 2020.
Uganda has been in total lockdown for over 75 days with the exception of what President Yoweri Museveni termed as essential workers. However, on Monday, Museveni in his address lifted the lockdown with new guidelines.
Among the guidelines, reopening of school-going candidates in final years totaling 1.4 million people has been extended for 30 days more.
He said the government doesn’t have the resources to test the numbers for COVID-19 every 2 weeks, in addition to that, schoolers, school workers, and teachers are still at high risk because they oscillate between home and the school premises.
“We have decided to postpone the reopening of schools for candidate leaners for another one month as we prepare more and study the situation. We have decided we should not bite too much at a time,” Museveni said.
In his last address, Museveni said the government has anticipated reopening of school for candidate cases on June 4, 2020.
The government is looking into the decision of pursuing distance learning methodology, through Televisions, and Radios for learners during the lockdown, President Yoweri Museveni said in an address to the nation, Monday, June 1, 2020.
The ban on the closure of shopping malls and public transport has been lifted effective 4th June but public transport has been instructed to carry half of the normal capacity including the driver while observing standard operating procedures.
“We shall now allow the public transport such as the buses and taxis to move, provided they carry only one half of their normal capacity plus the conductor and the driver. All these should wear masks all the time. We do not want to see brokers in these parks for now,” he added.
However, all drivers and passengers have been advised to wear face masks. Public and private transport is still banned in the border districts saying they are a risk to populations.
He said distribution of free face masks will be ready for by June 10, 2020, starting with border districts.
Also, curfew remains from 7.00pm-6.30am. Churches and mosques will remain closed as well as mass gatherings.
Museveni furthered that international borders and airports will remain closed until further notice.
The bars, saunas, salons, gyms, public swimming are still banned for another 21days.
Museveni also pardoned over 1000 inmates that were arrested for defiling presidential directives.
Uganda registered its first COVID-19 case on March 21, 2020. Uganda now has 457 COVID-19 cases with no death, according to statistics on June 1, 2020.