Coronavirus: Minister Amongi Shuts All Bars, Street Markets in Kampala

In a bid to enforce the directive issued by President Museveni on Wednesday banning all public gatherings to contain the spread of COVID 19 pandemic caused by Coronavirus, the Minister for Kampala Betty Amongi has closed down all places for leisure such as bars, concerts, cinemas and all street markets.

Amongi issued the  directive today afternoon.

“KCCA enforcement officers have been tasked to enforce the closure of all bars, discos, clubs, sports, music shows, cinemas and concerts. This includes bars and concerts and cinemas in Hotels. So, if you thought that Hotels were not included, you are going to go to bars in Sheraton, Serena, Imperial. No, all bars and clubs are to close, whether in a Hotel or somewhere else,” she said.

She cautioned all bars that will attempt to defy the directive that they will have their licenses revoked.

“And anyone who fails to abide will face the legal consequences including withdrawing their trading licenses. So if you defy the directive and we find your bar open, we shall withdraw your license.”

In addition, Amongi directed all schools in Kampala to be closed tomorrow by midday.

Today, students who go to school from home every morning, she directed them not to report to school in order to give a conducive environment for boarding students to leave.

“We have already issued circulars to all the schools in Kampala not to receive day students to school. Tomorrow, all day scholars are not allowed to be sent to school because we want to avoid traffic congestion and give space for those who are picking students from the boarding section to be able to do so in a more organised way. All schools must be closed by midday tomorrow (Friday),” she directed.


On the issue of markets, she said that only gazetted markets by KCCA shall be allowed to operate in the city and will be issued with Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) from the Ministry of Health.

“All street markets, weekly markets, roadside markets among others are prohibited from operating effective today 19th March 2020.”

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