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Rwanda Eases Covid-19 Lockdown

In an extraordinary Cabinet meeting chaired by Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Tuesday, the Rwanda Government approved resolutions of the previous meeting that have seen the ban on various activities lifted.

In a statement issued by the Rwandan Prime Minister Dr Edouard Ngirente, domestic and International tourism will resume.

“Domestic tourism and International tourism for visitors travelling with charter flights (individuals and groups) will resume. Hotels shall continue operations and are encouraged to participate in domestic tourism promotion and other conference services but all services must be in adherence with health guidelines,” read the statement in part.

It added, “non-contact outdoor sports is permitted; however, gyms shall remain closed. Motors are permitted to carry passengers except in Rusizi and Rubavu following a recent COVID-19 assessment in the two districts.”

Religious weddings and burials ceremonies have been allowed to resume but should not exceed 30 people.

Meanwhile, borders will remain closed except for goods and cargo as well as returning of Rwandan citizens and legal residents.

However, all returnees will be subjected to mandatory quarantine in accordance with existing health guidelines at their own cost.

Places of worship, mass gatherings in public spaces and homes, bars and gaming activities are all prohibited.

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All resumed services must continue adhering to health guidelines while all traders are required to accept digital payments.

Wearing of masks in public is mandatory and movement from 9pm to 5am is prohibited.

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