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Museveni upholds School Reopening Dates as he declares full re-opening of the economy

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While he delivered his end-of-year speech, on Friday 31, President Museveni has upheld 10 January as dates for school reopening as earlier communicated by the Ministry of education and sports declared.

He noted however that in order to avoid stampede and congestion as millions of kids go to schools in Jan, the ministry of education would space the reopening days to ensure one or two classes report to schools at a time.

The reopening of schools has been a critical demand by many Ugandans and stakeholders given that Ugandan children had been out of school for close to two years – the longest lockdown period on schools according to UNICEF.

Museveni, who was in the company of the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Janet Kataha Museveni, also announced that his government had decided to bring to an end the lockdown on other sectors irrespective of him acknowledging that there is a marked increase in the number of new positive cases.

The President argued that the decision was based on the fact that more information has been gathered about the disease as opposed to only running away when the pandemic had just struck.

Amongst the approaches, he mentioned that cannot keep the economy closed are vaccination, follow of SOPs, immunity Booster Jabs as well as drugs like Covidex that have been proven to treat the disease.

In addition to the re-opening of schools, below are other relaxed measures.

The transport sector, which has been operating at 50%, will be opened fully, but with the necessary SOPs such as the wearing of masks, full vaccination by both the crew of PSV and the travelers among others.

The cinema halls and sports events to be allowed to operate with SOPs.

The Performing Arts, Concerts, Bars and Discotheques, will be opened two weeks after the opening of the schools and with SOPs directed by the Ministry of Health.

The curfew will be lifted for everybody at the time of opening for the performing arts but not for bodabodas. The bodabodas will continue to observe the curfew hours of 1900hours to 0530hours.

The president, however, noted that some of the measures may be reversed, if hospitalization of Covid-19 patients exceeds 50% in the high dependence and intensive care units bed occupancy.

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