Public, private transport still banned, face masks now mandatory as Uganda eases COVID-19 restrictions

President Museveni has said that public and private transport remain suspended and people employed in the state sector will continue working from home.

Addressing the country on Monday night, the President announced adjustment to the lockdown measures, with only a select number of activities allowed to either continue operating or resume operations – but under conditions.

According the President, those allowed to work will only use buses – either owned or hired by employer, cycling or walking to and from work.

“We shall not allow public or private transport – unless they are for essential services,” adds the President.

“The safeguard here is that these workers are known, and they can be traced all the way to their homes. That’s why this is a manageable risk.”

“This means that the worker, once you are at home, you must stay at home,” underlines the President.
He also ordered Ugandans moving up and about will have to wear face masks.

With the easing of the mentioned measures in this first phase of lockdown lifting, the President’s emphasis is that Ugandans should maintain the other measures of social distancing, regularly sanitizing surfaces, eating fruits and vegetables, and for people who are sneezing and coughing to self-isolate in their homes and contact medical authorities if their condition worsens.

For now, he said all other measures will remain in force for another 14 days, to allow experts further review the situation.

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