After a cabinet meeting that happened on Friday, 30, July, the Rwandan government ordered the lifting of a lockdown on the capital and eight other districts effective August 1 even though Covid-19 cases are still on the rise in the Country.
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,” the government said in a statement.
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.
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 Rwanda Capital and the other eight districts was meant to contain the surging cases of COVID-19 catalyzed by the presence of the Delta variant.
There was no immediate explanation for the lifting of the lockdown, which was imposed on July 27 in a bid to prevent further spread of the Virus