President Yoweri Museveni yesterday announced the reopening of places of worship with no more than 200 attendees. functions like weeding, introductions were also allowed to also operate as long as they observe SOPs.
“The number of people attending weddings and other social events can now be increased to 200 people under strict observance of SOPs. Casinos, gaming, betting shops, and gyms can now operate during the day and close by 6pm.
About learning institutions, Post-secondary institutions to reopen first and this will from with November 1, 2021, on the condition that all teachers and non-teaching staff are vaccinated and rest will open in January 2022.
The 4.8 million priority population including teachers should first get vaccinated before we can open schools.
“To date, out of the targeted 550,000 teachers, 269,945 have already received the 1st dose of vaccination while 96,653 have received the second dose,” he said.
He also allowed weekly and monthly markets to open with strict adherence to SOPs, however, kept other sectors closed, reasoning that the number of people already vaccinated is still too low and therefore cannot risk reopening them
Concerts, disco halls, bars, and other leisure hubs stay closed until after over 4.8m priority groups of people (health workers, teachers, security personnel, and elderly persons) are fully vaccinated.
Mr Museveni added that curfew time has been maintained and that is between 7pm and 5am and Boda Boda movement time at 6pm.
“I, therefore, direct responsible leaders at the district level (Resident District Commissioners, Chief Administrative Officers, District Health Officers, and others) to carry out mobilisation for all eligible groups to go for vaccination. If medicines get expired in your area, I will deal with you,” Mr Museveni said.
It should be noted that Uganda remains the only East African country that has not reopened learning institutions since president Museveni implemented the second lockdown which left all schools shutdown due to fear of new surge in Covid-19 cases.