- August 30, 2021
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Covidiots: Hundreds of Revellers found partying without masks at Lugogo mall
A video of ‘party animals’ at Lugogo Forest Mall in Kampala has gone viral, showing the party-goers dancing their lungs out as it there is no tomorrow.
According to the video, the crowds had no face masks or social distance as it is the new normal due to Covid-19 and as far as Covid -19 guidelines are concerned, clubs and bars are still closed across the country.
This has thus prompted the health ministry Senior Public Relations Officer Ainebyoona Emmanuel to issue a warning saying such incidents could serve as a super spreader as the country preps for the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This hangout at Forest Mall will be among the things that will drive us to the COVID-19 3rd wave,” Emmanuel Ainebyoona said in a tweet
“Please implement the statutory instrument by the Minister,” he added.
Ever since the government eased lockdown restrictions, Ugandans have rushed back to bars and other happening places violating the guidelines that were put in place by the health ministry to prevent further spread of Covid-19.
While bars remain closed, drinkers were seen in videos dancings and enjoying pints at the crowded Drew and Jacks.
The bar is owned by city businesswoman, Jacqueline Rwivanga Rugasira.
The make-shift outdoor area was this past weekend filled with revellers who seemed to have forgotten that the country is still grappling with Covid-19.
During the second wave of COVID-19, Drew and Jacks was considered a super spreader. Several revellers who partied from the hangout reported COVID-19 infections days later.
Public health experts and top health officials say the evidence is abundantly clear: When bars open, infections tend to follow.
While bars can ask customers to wear masks and sit at tables, such guidance, however well-intended, can be successful.
The videos going viral from Drew and Jacks show excited partiers who were shouting and dancing on top of tables not wearing masks.
The bar is located less than a kilometre away from Jinja Road police station.
The chance of catching the virus through tiny airborne respiratory droplets, known as aerosols, goes up significantly in indoor spaces.