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Police Gears Up for Strict Operations as Places of Worship, Schools Resume Business

Police spokesperson Fred Enanga has revealed that police is making arrangements to monitor church operations especially those that might engage in night prayers following President Museveni’s strict guidelines on their reopening.

It should be noted that only prayers or fellowships of less than 70 people are allowed and anyone visiting the clergymen to confess their sins will also be allowed. However, trans-night prayers and Sunday school are banned as per the President’s address on Sunday night.

“Safeguarding the people is something that we have started working on and we will work with the religious leaders. We want to also warn people that the virus is there, as you are going for prayers you have to careful,” said Enanga.

Addressing the media on Monday, Enanga noted that as the joint task force, they do welcome the lifting of the restrictions by the President.

“We are going to closely monitor these activities, following the opening of the airports and places of worship. Ofcourse on the issue of sports, we don’t expect to see spectators. We shall also monitor hotels and restaurants so that they can continue to follow the SOPs,” he added.

Enanga also called on police and other security personnel who have relaxed and are slow in enforcing the laws to “get back to work.”

“People are still sneaking into bars until 4:00 am, curfew has been extended unlawfully and boda bodas are still working beyond 6.00 pm, I want to warn all commanders who are slow in enforcing the laws that they will also be dealt with,” Enanga warned.

He noted that the further lifting of the lockdown comes amidst the sharp increase of Covid-19 cases, a reminder that there are challenges ahead unless everyone remains responsible.

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“We have to monitor the increase. Last week between September 14 to 19, 1309 cases were registered with Kampala being the epicenter. We urge religious leaders to come up with local ways of curbing the disease,” Enanga noted.

 

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