COVID-19: Uganda’s President Museveni extends lockdown for another two weeks from May 6, 2020. At the same time, Museveni announced the first easing.
Yesterday, Monday, President Yoweri Museveni announced that the country’s current lockdown would be extended for another 14 days. Most recently, on April 14, 2020, the president extended the lockdown to May 5, 2020. And many had expected the lockdown to practice May 5th continues to exist. But from that May 6 there are also the first easing in some areas of the economy.
First corona easing in Uganda
According to President Museveni, some economic sectors and companies are now allowed to reopen. The easing applies to retail outlets, hardware stores, workshops and repair shops, the metal and woodworking industries, insurance companies, law firms, warehouses and restaurants, among others.
However, companies and firms in the industries mentioned have to meet numerous requirements. It is still important to keep the required minimum distance in shops and companies. This includes a distance of at least two meters between seller and buyer and a minimum distance of four meters between customer and customer, which of course means a great challenge for numerous companies and shops. There are of course clear rules for restaurants in Uganda, whether in Kampala, Entebbe, Jinja or any other city. At the moment, only out-of-home sales are permitted. This regulation also applies nationwide and therefore for all cities in Uganda.
Nationwide night curfew still applies
The night curfew throughout Uganda between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. will continue to apply for another 14 days from May 6, 2020. And the curfew will continue to be controlled and enforced by the police. In addition, you are not allowed to leave the district in which you live.
Uganda’s tourism sector remains completely affected by lockdown
For tourism in Uganda, COVID-19 and the ongoing lockdown continue to mean a very difficult time. Thousands of companies and employees working in the tourism sector are suffering greatly from the lockdown. Many of you have already lost your job or have to take unpaid leave. It can be assumed that the tourism sector in Uganda is one of the industries that will be affected by the lockdown the longest. And at this point in time, nobody can say when foreign tourists will come to Uganda again.