Six months after he placed the country under total lockdown as a measure to curb the spread of Covid-19, President Yoweri Museveni has allowed educational institutions, places of worship, the airport and borders to re-open.
In a televised speech on Sunday evening, Museveni announced that schools will re-open on October 15 for the candidate classes of P-7, Senior 4 and Senior 6 plus finalists in tertiary colleges and universities.
“We think that it is safe for candidates and finalists in each learning institution are a much smaller number comparedto the total enrolment,” Museveni said.
The president said that they also considered the cost of waiting any further which he said is “quite high.”
“Because of the jam that will be created in terms of the usual transition in primary, secondary, tertiary colleges and universities. If the batch of 2020 doesn’t move on, what will happen to the batch of 2021? Can we afford to have the two batches in 2021? The answer is a clear no,” Museveni said.
He said that a decision on the non-candidate classes will be reached in January 2021.
Museveni also announced the re-opening of Entebbe International Airport and the land borders for tourists, coming in and going out, provided they tested negative 72 hours before arrival in Uganda.
The tourists will not be allowed mix with the Ugandans.
“Returning Ugandans, who have negative PCR [Covid-19] results, will be allowed to go home. The Ministry of Health will only get their addresses for follow up,” Museveni said.
He also allowed places of worship to re-open for individual prayers or confessions with priests or counseling with the necessary standard operating procedures.
Prayer congregations and fellowships will be limited to 70 worshippers while night prayers and transnights are not allowed.
“The regular large gatherings of prayers and preachings of Sundays and Fridays will be considered at a later stage but the rule of the number of 70 and not more can be used on the Fridays and Sundays,” Museveni said.