Observe SOPs Or Face Closure Again: Gov’t Cautions Ugandans As Bars, Entertainment Centers Set To Reopen Next Week

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By Uganda Online Media

President Yoweri Museveni has appointed Maj Tom Magambo who has been in the Internal Security Organisations(ISO) as the new police Criminal Investigations Director.

“President Museveni has promoted Private Tom Magambo to the rank of Major and appointed him Director Criminal Investigations of the Uganda Police Force,” the acting UPDF spokesperson, Lt Col Ronald Kakurungu said in a statement.

Kampala: The Minister for ICT and National guidance Dr. Chris Baryomunsi has called upon Ugandans and the general public to observe all the Ministry of Health guidelines and standard operating procedures as the country prepares for full reopening of the economy reopens on Monday next week.

Baryomunsi made the comments while addressing journalists at the Uganda Media Centre on Friday saying the directive issued by the President during his 2021, end of year address to reopen the entertainment sector on January 24, still remains and failure to observe the measures in place will the entertainment sector curtailed once again.

“We expect now the remaining areas with exception of the Bodabodas who are still subjected to a curfew, the rest of the places will now open, so the position the President announced remains the same. But you also recall that he mentioned should the situation get worse, there is a risk of restriction again,”

He further re-echoed the need by the general public to embrace Covid 19 vaccination, wear masks consistently and keep social distance.

“As we open the economy lets observe preventive measures like churches and prayer places were restricted to only 200 people, but now with the reopening, churches should not fill people to the brim but observe Sop’s, and avoid certain congregations you don’t have to go to,” Baryomunsi added

He also cautioned revelers going to concerts and bars to ensure all the SOPs are observed. Baryomunsi encouraged persons above 18 years to go for covid 19 vaccination.

The Uganda National Cultural Centre -UNCC, Ministry of Gender, and the Ministry of Health have released a statement blocking unvaccinated persons from attending concerts without proof of vaccination.

They have also listed directives to be followed by those in the events and entertainment sector as the reopening takes effect.

Apart from the mandatory vaccination of revelers, the agencies have said that all artists must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or must present a negative result from tests conducted within 72 hours from the day of the performance.

The interaction between revelers and the artists has also been discouraged before, during, or after the event.

Event organizers have also been asked to ensure that there is a space measuring not less than three meters between the stage and the audience.

All revelers will also be required to wear face masks throughout the show and there should be compulsory sanitizing at the entrance.

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