Rwanda relaxes COVID-19 restrictions on weddings and funerals

Streets in Kigali, Rwanda on April 04, 2020, Cyril Ndegeya/Getty Images
KIGALI, RWANDA – APRIL 04: Streets are seen empty due to the precautions taken against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Kigali, Rwanda on April 04, 2020. (Photo by Cyril Ndegeya/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Rwanda has moved to ease a number of COVID-19 related restrictions, as the country’s caseload drops.

Following a cabinet meeting held on Tuesday, the Rwandan government resolved to increase the maximum number of people who can attend weddings and burial events, among other resolutions.

According to a statement by the Prime Minister’s Office, Covid-19 tests will no longer be required for wedding receptions with fewer than 75 guests.

This is more than double the maximum number that has been allowed, which is 30.

Church wedding ceremonies and burials will also now host 75 people maximum, from the previous limit of 30 attendants. Formerly, they were not allowed to exceed 30 percent of the sitting capacity.

Other changes in the meeting in regards to Covid-19 directives include giving a green light to gaming operators to resume operations after seven months of ban.

“Gaming operators may resume activities gradually, upon fulfilling Covid-19 preventive measures. The Ministry of Trade and Industry will provide detailed guidelines,” reads part of the cabinet meeting minutes.

Public institutions are also now allowed to operate at 50 percent staff capacity, up from 30 percent.

For private institutions, they will remain at 50 percent, while other employees will continue working from home on a rotational basis.

The Cabinet also stressed the need for diligent compliance with Covid-19 preventive measures, adding that “penalties will be applied for non-compliance.”

11 people tested positive for Covid-19 in Rwanda on Tuesday, whereas three people recovered from the pandemic on the same day.

Meanwhile, Tuesday saw an 88-year-old woman succumbing to Covid-19 in Kirehe district, Eastern Province.

This brought the death toll from the virus to 35 people so far, the majority of whom, according to the Ministry of Health, had non-communicable diseases.

The latest results were obtained from 1,594 sample tests taken in the last 24 hours.