President Yoweri Museveni has accepted to open arcades and let traders get back to work but everyone must maintain government’s standard operating procedures like masks, social distancing and hand washing, Xclusive UG reveals.
In a communication expected next week, Museveni will ask arcade owners to ensure virus rules.
Some businessmen have already issued (SoPs) to all tenants occupying their buildings around Kampala.
Managing Director Crane Management services Rajiv Ruparelia revealed the new SoPs on Friday 26-06′ 2020, during which he noted that although they have put in place measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, government has to intervene, suchthat in case landlords waive rent arrears, the Uganda Revenue Authority and utility providers should also give landlords a tax holiday.
As private vehicles returned to the streets and offices were partially opened a few weeks ago, after two months of inactivity, amidst a lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus Disease, President Museveni had said opening arcades would be self-defeating where there is no guarantee for physical distancing.
But in a rather rare u-turn, the president has agreed to open arcades. Our State House source reveals the president will make an announcement next week.
Salons will remain closed as well as schools. Curfew will be maintained. Restrictions on Boda Bodas and religious gatherings remain.
According to Museveni, these are still too risky to ease restrictions.