Rwanda lifts lockdown in Kigali and eight other districts

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KIGALI, RWANDA - APRIL 04: Police officers patrol at an empty street after precautions taken against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Kigali, Rwanda on April 04, 2020. (Photo by Cyril Ndegeya/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
KIGALI, RWANDA – APRIL 04: Police officers patrol at an empty street after precautions taken against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Kigali, Rwanda on April 04, 2020. (Photo by Cyril Ndegeya/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Following a cabinet meeting that convened on Friday, the Rwandan government resolved to lift the 15 day lockdown on Kigali city and eight other districts effective August 1.

The curfew was also brought to 6 PM: “Movements will be prohibited between 6 PM to 4 AM as business close at 5 PM and all social gatherings are prohibited,” reads the statement in part.

According to the communique issued by the Prime Minister’s office, the inter-district movement shall also resume with an exception of 50 sectors under a localized lockdown.

The 50 sectors in the four provinces of Rwanda are under a 15-days localized lockdown since July 27 in a bid to prevent further spread of the Virus.

Other measures instituted include mode of transportation whereby public transport and private businesses will operate at 50% capacity while private and public offices operate at 15 percent capacity.

Meetings and conferences should not exceed 30 percent of the venue capacity and attendants should present a negative COVID-19 test, as per the new restrictions. All bars, gyms, recreational centers and places of worship will remain closed as restaurants and cafes provide take away services only.

Attendance of a wake or vigil should not exceed 10 persons just like civil and religious weddings, but for the latter, the attendants must have a negative COVID-19 test.

The lockdown that had been imposed on Kigali city and eight other districts was meant to contain the surging cases of COVID-19 catalyzed by the presence of the Delta variant.

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