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A combined team of Police officers and Uganda People’s Defense Forces-UPDF soldiers stormed Hoima town around 9:30am this morning and closed several shops in the town center. They closed shops in Hoima Bus/Taxi parks.
UPDF and police ordering owner of a shop to close along the Hoima Fort-Portal road on Tuesday Morning.[Photo by Emmanuel Okello].
Security has closed over 1000 shops in Hoima town in an operation to enforce the additional presidential guidelines announced on Monday night to contain the spread of corona virus.  

A combined team of Police officers and Uganda People’s Defense Forces-UPDF soldiers stormed Hoima town around 9:30am this morning and closed several shops in the town center. They closed shops in Hoima Bus/Taxi parks.    

By 11am, the Taxi and bus parks had gone silent without any activity taking place. The officers also impounded private vehicles they found being driven on the streets. 

They also closed electronic and hardware shops along Persy road, Main Street, wright road, Bunyoro kitara road, Kwebiha road and Hoima-Fortportal road among others.    

Samuel Kisembo, the Hoima Resident District Commissioner-RDC told URN that they were enforcing the president’s directive fully. 

He says those found violating the directives will be arrested. In his televised message, Museveni suspended operations for shopping malls, arcades and non-food stores across the country.

He however, said supermarkets will remain open but with clear standard operating procedures that limit the number of people in the area at a given time. 

According to Museveni, Established food markets in Kampala and other towns will continue operating provided they observe social distancing of 4 meters as guided by the Health Ministry.

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