President Museveni has directed that bars, music concerts, stadiums and cinemas will be allowed to operate again in January as the country moves towards full reopening the economy in 2022.
Museveni noted that bars and concerts and other performing arts activities will be opened in two weeks after the reopening of the schools which will fully reopen for all learners on Monday, January 10, 2021.
On account of those factors we now intend to full open the economy in a staggered manner.The transport sector which has been operating at half capacity will be allowed to operate at full capacity as long as both the travelers and the operators are fully vaccinated, except those below 18 years of age but with necessary SOPs like wearing of masks and washing of hands,” Museveni said.
“The pre-primary, primary and secondary schools to be opened to learners starting on January, 10. Sports events and cinema halls will also be allowed to open but with SOPs.”
Museveni however noted that the respective ministries of health, education and transport will work out modalities to ensure full reopening.
According to the president, bars, concerts and discos will also be reopened but noted that this will come two weeks after schools have resumed.
“The bars and concerts will be allowed to operate two weeks after the opening of schools.”
He said that in order to avoid chaos, government will first deal with the opening of schools before the other sectors also open.
President Museveni also announced the lifting of curfew but noted that boda bodas will continue operating up to 7pm as their curfew is still in place.
Museveni however noted that some of these measures will be reversed if coronavirus infections keep increasing
Uganda has confirmed 137270 cases of Coronavirus with 3,291 whereas 3.8 million people have been fully vaccinated against the virus.
The pandemic has greatly battered Uganda’s economy and the full reopening is sigh of relief to the mounting pressure to kick-start the country’s ailing economy after two years of coronavirus restrictions which have devastated key sectors.