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Kigali lockdown uplifted with new directives

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The lockdown in City of Kigali has been lifted effective Monday, February 8, with all residents of Rwanda expected to embrace the new COVID-19 prevention measures.

The new measures as outlined by the Cabinet meeting held on February 2, will run up to February 22.

As the new directives take effect, movements between Kigali and provinces, and districts are prohibited, except for essential services or tourism.

Vehicles transporting goods will continue to function with no more than two people onboard.

Public and private transport will resume within Kigali. However, public transport should not exceed 50% capacity and bus operators are tasked to ensure passengers maintain social distancing.

Private businesses will resume with essential staff at no more than 30% capacity while other employees continue working from home on a rotational basis. Markets and malls shall open for essential vendors and must not exceed 50% of registered traders.

All resuming businesses must close by 5pm.

Public offices will be closed. All employees will be working from home except for those providing essential services.

Motos and bicycles are permitted to carry passengers but must observe strict hygiene

All schools (public, private, universities) will remain closed.

Movement between districts is prohibited.

Schools will continue while respecting COVID-19 prevention measures.

Public transport including motos and bicycles will continue to operation within districts.

Awareness and enforcement

Rwanda National Police spokesperson, CP John Bosco Kabera said that the past three weeks of lockdown in Kigali were characterised with increased violations.

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“Across the country, 185, 356 pedestrians were arrested in varied violations; 3,792 vehicles and 1,518 motos impounded while 6,360 people were arrested in bars drinking,” CP Kabera said.

He took time to urge the general public to comply with the new directives maximumly.

RNP, CP Kabera said, will continue to work with other entities including local leaders and youth volunteers in awareness to further influence behavioral change but also to penalise errand violators, including those holding prohibited gatherings like parties and prayers in homes and bars.

“Effective Monday, February 8, movement clearance will be issued for those moving in prohibited hours; going or coming from the airport, discharged from quarantine in hotels and those seeking medical services,” CP Kabera said.

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