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The president also allowed for the reopening of schools for candidate classes; P7, S4, S6 and finalists in tertiary institutions and universities. He said however, there will not be end-of-term one exams. “The rest of the learners should be patient. it’s better to be alive,” Museveni said.
18 May 2020 23:43
President Museveni says the Masks should be ready by 2nd June. PPU File Photo

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The government is going to provide free reusable masks to all Ugandans aged six years and above as a precondition for lifting COVID-19 restrictions. Speaking this evening at the State Lodge in Nakasero, President Yoweri Museveni said mask-wearing is now the new front to fight the disease.

“The masks must be worn all the time you’re in public…This is the new point of emphasis,” Museveni said and added that since many people were expressing concern that they can’t afford to buy these masks, the government has decided to provide these masks to all Ugandans of six years and above.

The masks will be distributed through the Local government system; from the District, down to the villages over the next 2-weeks, until June 2.

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Meanwhile, the president also relaxed on the restrictions on some of the businesses. For example, he allowed shops selling general merchandise to operate, provided they are not in malls, food markets or arcades.   

He emphasized that in the immediate future, those selling nonfood items will not be allowed for as long as the virus still poses a threat and before a vaccine is got. He said that vendors who have been sleeping in markets can now commute daily from their homes.

However,  public transport, Museveni will be allowed to resume provided buses, taxis, and buses carry half their normal capacity to avoid overcrowding. But these will have to wait for two weeks until June 2, when the distribution of masks across the country has been effected.

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However, the restriction on public transport will continue for another 21 days in all border districts with Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda among others.

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But taxi brokers and touts should start thinking of other jobs as the President said moving forward, he doesn’t want to ‘hear noise makers.’ Bodaboda and tuk-tuk riders also have to wait for another 21 days before they can carry passengers because according to Museveni, it’s hard to space between the rider and the passenger. 

Private cars are also free to move with a maximum of three people the driver inclusive, provided that they too have face masks.

The president also allowed for the reopening of schools for candidate classes; P7, S4, S6 and finalists in tertiary institutions and universities. He said however, there will not be end-of-term one exams. “The rest of the learners should be patient. it’s better to be alive,” Museveni said. 

Hotels and food restaurant can also open as long as there is social distancing and don’t have air conditioning.   For bars, night clubs, saloons, gyms, swimming pools, saunas, arcades, shopping malls among others, will not be allowed to reopen since it’s hard to enforce social distancing rules.   

The air, land and water borders will remain closed so that no new additional cases are imported, according to the president. The 7 PM to 6:30 am curfew was also left intact for another 21 days as well as other restrictions outside those that he explicitly mentioned.          

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