Museveni fully opens up economy

Several Ugandans especially those involved in the night economy had consistently complained about the prolonged economy-lockdown which had lasted for close to two years.

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President Yoweri Museveni has announced that Uganda will fully but in a staggered manner re-open its economy from January 2022. However, the announcement comes at a time when fresh Covid-19 cases and fatalities are escalating.

“Performing arts, cinemas, sports events, bars and events will be open 2 weeks after the reopening of schools on January 10, 2021 with SOPs as directed by the Ministry of Health,” Mr Museveni said on Friday.

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Whereas the country has registered up to 140, 737 Coronavirus cases since the March 2020 outbreak- with about 10, 559 new cases and 20 fatalities posted from December 21-31, the president noted that “government had found new solutions to Covid-19 among which is vaccinating the 22 million Ugandans above 18 years.”

“A 7pm-5:30am curfew that started mid-2021 will only “be lifted for everybody after the performing arts resume, two weeks after school resumption but with boda-bodas barred from operating beyond 7pm.”

“The transport sector which has been operating at half capacity will be allowed to operate at full capacity as long as both the travellers and the operators are fully vaccinated, except those below 18 years of age,” he said from his country home in Rwakitura, Western Uganda.

Several Ugandans especially those involved in the night economy had consistently complained about the prolonged economy-lockdown which had lasted for close to two years.

Despite declaring the economy fully re-opened, Mr Museveni revealed that “some of these measures may be reversed if a high Covid-19 dependency on ICU bed occupancy exceeds 50% and once the daily rate of the hospitalization of critically ill patients is sustained at 30 per day for 5 days in 2 or more Covid-19 units.” 

In his end of the year address in which he commented on among others, the state of security in the country, the president also urged at least 22 million Ugandans aged over 18 to embrace vaccination.

“You as a person should be answerable for your life and health. Scientists have now recommended a booster doss for our 3.3 million Ugandans at 50 years and above. Come out and be vaccinated,” he said.

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