Museveni Clarifies on Directives, Extends Lockdown for One Week

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President Museveni addresses the country about the lockdown restrictions

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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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However 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. 

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