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Mon. Aug 3rd, 2020

COVID-19: Rwanda’s mitigation measures restrict bars and prayer places

Hon. Prof. Anastase Shyaka, the Minister for Local Government in Rwanda (Photo/Net)

By George Kalisa

Rwanda’s ministry of Local Government in consultation with stakeholders has today announced more restrictive measures to reinforce the positive practices recommended by health experts for effective Coronavirus prevention including avoiding body contact and frequent hand-washing or application of disinfections.

At least eleven people have tested positive with COVID-19 coronavirus in Rwanda which spurred the government to close schools and entertainment activities, including night clubs.

The new directives cap operations of bars in Kigali and other cities at nine o’clock at night while worship and prayer activities are restricted to exclusively authorized and gazetted places.  But, bars in upcountry will close at seven o’clock in the evening.      

“In order to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, the Ministry of Local Government in coordination with other concerned institutions announces the following:

“Bar operational hours: effective immediately, bars in Kigali and other cities will close at 21h00, and those in rural areas at 19hoo. Prayer activities; it is not permitted to move worship and prayer activities to unauthorized places of any kind, such as prayer rooms , private homes, or caves,” the statement reads in parts.  See full statement below:

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