Kampala Metropolitan Police has warned individuals especially music and events promoters who intend to break the law by organising entertainment concerts in and around the city during the closing in festive season.
This warning was sounded by Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson SP Patrick Onyango in a press statement released on Thursday afternoon.
“We have read, listened and seen several advertisements both online and traditional media advertising parties in different places like hotels, beaches and other open arenas. The Ministry of Health guidelines still stand and the COVID-19 instruments: The Public Health (Control of COVID-19) rules, 2020, that was put in place to fight the spread of the Coronavirus is still in operation,” Onyango said.
“We want to warn the organisers of these parties to desist from breaking the law and stop advertising the events,” he added.
Onyango appealed to members of the public to report any party or event that breaches the Coronavirus regulations.
It should be noted that on Wednesday December 16, the Uganda National Cultural Centre (UNCC) Chairman Board of Trustees Okello Kelo Sam, while addressing the press, stated that the Ministry of Health had availed them with the guidelines to follow as they resumed operations with concerts.
“Theatres and concerts have been re-opened and will operate to a capacity of 200 people while observing the standard operating procedures. Concerts should take place but in a closed place like theatres with a minimum of 200 people. These concerts should take place during day time so that we can observe the curfew time,” Okello further highlighted the alleged guidelines given by the Ministry of Health.
This was misconceived among some members of the public as lifting the lockdown on entertainment venues like bars, night clubs and discotheques.
However, the Health Ministry would later clarify thus: “The Ministry of Health would like to state that entertainment centres or concerts have not been opened as is being portrayed in sections of the media. All bars, night clubs and discotheques remain closed.”
Police further warned has since warned that persons who engage in such events will be arrested for breaching the laws.