Rwanda has Partly Ripped off the Nationwide Lockdown, Authorizing Enterprises to Run from Monday, May 4th, 2020
By Abdul Rahman Bangura–
NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS ( NABN ) Freetown, Sierra Leone- Rwanda had ordered a lockdown on March 22nd, 2020 to avoid the spread of COVID19, of which the decision was reached by a cabinet meeting chaired by President Paul Kagame on Thursday, April 30th, 2020.
The new measures will be reviewed after 15 days upon a health assessment, the Prime Minister’s Office announced Friday.
During the lockdown, the country had discouraged workout of people except for important duties such as healthcare, food shopping, and banking. Yet, from Monday, the country will enable unrestricted movement from 5 am to 8 pm. Citizens will require approval for movement beyond 8pm.
Nevertheless, meetings in common spaces and mass gatherings are forbidden.
“Public and private businesses will resume with essential staff while other employees continue working from home. Markets will open for essential vendors not exceeding 50% of registered traders. Manufacturing and construction sectors will open with essential workers,” the statement asserts.
“Hotels and restaurants will operate but close by 7pm. Individual sporting activity in open spaces is permitted, however, sports facilities shall remain closed. Public and private transport will resume in the same province. Bus operators will ensure passengers maintain social distancing and only passengers with masks will be allowed on board.”
Funeral gatherings will also not exceed thirty people, up from ten people entitled during the lockdown. Bars, churches, gyms and recreational centers will remain closed.
Regardless the easing of lockdown restrictions, schools will remain closed until September, and transportation between Kigali and other provinces is still not allowed. Rwanda’s borders will also remain closed except for transit and for returning citizens, who will be subjected to a fourteen-day unavoidable quarantine.
Rwanda is carrying out fresh tough cargo measures at its Rusumo Border in a way to prevent the spread of the virus, as the number of coronavirus cases spikes in Tanzania.
Owing to the current criteria trucks, and cargo are sanitized at the border and ceded to a Rwandan truck driver to drive them into mainland Rwanda.
The country on Thursday, April 30th, 2020 documented eighteenth fresh Novel Coronavirus cases; truck drivers and their contacts inclusive – bringing the total to 243, comprising 104 recoveries.
Rwanda has administered near to 30,000 tests and has started up mass testing and countrywide screening for COVID19.
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