Government prohibits food delivery, take-away services during lockdown

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Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has issued revised COVID-19 guidelines prohibiting food delivery and take-away services from restaurants in Kigali city and eight districts under lockdown.

On Wednesday, July 14, the virtual Cabinet Meeting chaired by His Excellency Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda reviewed the national directives on preventing the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. The new directives will take effect from Saturday, July 17 till July 26.

Due to the surge in Covid-19, the Cabinet imposed a lockdown in the City of Kigali along with the eight aforementioned districts.

The statement released on Thursday 15th July 2021 shows that delivery services of groceries and other essential products will continue as per the Cabinet resolutions of 14th July 2021 but prohibited delivery services from restaurants.

“Food delivery and take-away services from restaurants is prohibited during the lockdown in the City of Kigali and the districts of Burera, Gicumbi, Kamonyi, Musanze, Nyagatare, Rubavu, Rwamagana and Rutsiro; starting July 17th to July 26th 2021,” reads part of the statement released on Thursday 15th July 2021.

Hotels have been encouraged to accommodate their staff within their facilities, in order to facilitate in-house guests and limit daily movement. Movement facilitation will be provided for hotels that are not able to accommodate their staff.

RDB has also explained that that international tourists traveling into the country are very welcome and will be fully facilitated with movement clearances to ensure a very smooth experience while respecting COVID-19 guidelines.

This includes hotels, tour operators and transport services assisting visitors.

Domestic tourists are advised to schedule visits and activities after the lockdown.

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