President Museveni on Tuesday gave clarifications on the easing of lockdown guidelines he had given on Monday.
He clarified that public transport which was banned nearly 2 months ago in an effort to contain the spread of Coronavirus will be allowed to resume operations on 4th June 2020 after Government has provided face masks to every Ugandan.
Private transport on the other hand, will resume on 26th May as long a private car has less than 3 people on board including the driver.
However, out of 135 districts, Museveni said transport will only be allowed to operate in 95 districts and remain banned in 40.
This he said is aimed at making sure that people from outside Uganda don’t enter into the country through districts at the border and traverse the country which in turn could undermine the measures put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“When public transport resumes, certain border districts will not be allowed for now because if you allow public transport, people can easily come from the neighbouring countries and then jump onto our public transport systems and you find somebody is already in Kampala and that will create a very big problem for us. Now those border districts are 40,” said Museveni.
The banned districts are Amuru, Kitgum, Lamwo, Isingiro, Ntungamo, Rubirizi, Kyotera, Rakai, Busia, Tororo, Bulisa, Hoima, Kagadi, Kikuube, Bududa, Manafwa, Namisindwa, Amudat, Kaabong, Karenga, Moroto, Bukwo, Bundibugyo, Kasese, Ntoroko, Arua Adjumani, Koboko, Maracha, Moyo, Nebbi, Pakwach, Yumbe, Zombo, Kabale, Kanungu, Kisoro, Rubanda, Rukiga and Rukungiri.
Meanwhile, Museveni allowed shops selling general merchandise to open provided they are not in shopping malls and arcades. This will however be after Government has provided face masks to all Ugandans.
Market vendors who have been sleeping in the markets throughout the COVID-19 lockdown were also allowed to travel back home.
Bars, night clubs, gyms, salons, saunas, swimming pools remain closed for another 21 days.
Currently, Uganda has a total of 264 confirmed cases of COVID-19.