✳ Schools to re-open for finalists
✳ Border district restrictions
✳ Curfew will be maintained
✳ Places of worship to resume with SOPs
✳ Sports reopen with no spectators
✳ Bars remain closed
Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | President Yoweri Museveni has said the country is now ready to relax several measures that had been taken to control the COVID-19 pandemic in Uganda.
In his national address Sunday, he announced that the first measure will be the re-opening of schools for the finalists – candidate classes of P-7, S-4, S-6, finalists in tertiary colleges and finalists in universities – while a decision on the other classes will be made in January. Schools will re-open on October 15th
“Finalists in each learning institution can go back to school. They are a smaller number than the total number of learners – less than 10% of the total. They will have bigger space for social distancing,” he said.
He also said the Ministry of Education will plan to accomodate all students that will not be able to resume studies at private schools, that could be having difficulty financially.
“If for some reasons there are some private schools that cannot open because of the limitations due to the business economics, the Ministry of Education is directed to expand the number of secondary schools to cater for the extra students,” said Museveni.
He explained that, “If the worst comes to the worst, government should have the capacity to absorb into government schools all the learners and teachers that are shed off by private schools on account of financial difficulties.”
He also announced that the borders and airports will reopen for tourists, so long as they have tested negative for COVID-19.
Places of worship and sport will also re-open so long as SOPs are met.
“Places of worship will be opened but with additional cautions involving SOPs – not more than 70 persons on some days. But night prayers are not allowed. Large gatherings (over 70 people) will be considered at a later stage,” he said.