President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has clarified on
his earlier guidelines regarding how to lift Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions.
On Monday, May 18, 2020,
the president left the country confused as many people did not understand his directives. For example, he allowed shops that sell nonfood
items and private cars to resume operations but did not say whether they should
also, wait for the distribution of government face masks like public vehicles.
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He also said
that everybody from the age of six years should put on a face mask but did not
say whether all these masks should be government-provided or people are free to
buy their own masks.
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speaking this evening at the State House Nakasero, Museveni said all those entities
allowed to resume operations should do so after one week for hotels,
restaurant, shops and private cars, and two weeks for public vehicles.
“For the other measures…let them start on May 26 so
that we use this one week to prepare. The big measure of safety is putting on
the mask, let us use this one week to explain this,” said Museveni.
He added that those who can get masks for
themselves are free to do so provided they are of the right quality certified
by the Ministry of Health.
“The mask should be put on all the time when you are
in public,” said Museveni.
For public transport, Museveni said it should open only
in 95 districts excluding those at the borders on June 4. “In border districts, we shall not allow private or
public transport because you are on the frontline. You can help or destroy us.
You cannot protect us when there is this confusion of vehicles. They will not
be allowed until we see how things work here in the centre,” added Museveni.
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He added that this time should be used by the Prime
Minister, who is the head of the National Taskforce to discuss with transporters
on how the sector is going to run before it’s opened up.
For education institutions whose finalists, P7, S4 and
S6 students and those in their final years in Universities and tertiary institutions will be allowed to resume school, Museveni said, the ministry of
education is to use these two weeks to agree on a plan that will be followed.
“When it comes to children in border districts, if
they are local, they will walk to the school but if there are those who may be
going to other areas, the ministry will work out a plan to move from the border
districts” said Museveni.
Today’s address which took slightly an hour has been
Museveni’s shortest of his 15 speeches to the country during this time.