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Museveni’s 22 Directives: Lockdown Relaxed; Relief for Bodabodas, Taxi Drivers, Kikuubo Traders; Teachers, Pastors in Tears

President Museveni. Courtesy Photo

President Yoweri Kaguta Tibuhaburwa Museveni has announced the easing of the 42-day lockdown.

In an address at State House Nakasero on July 30, Museveni announced new measures that left a smile on the faces of private and public transport operators such as bodabodas, taxis and buses and traders.

But the announcement left students, teachers and school administrators as well as religious leaders in tears.

See full list of measures:


  • Curfew time was set at 1900Hrs to 0530 Hrs
  • Curfew time is maintained at 1900 Hrs to 05:30Hrs. All persons, except security personnel on   duty   and those authorized to move, should be in their homes.
  • This is intended to avoid breaching of   guidelines, SOPs and thuggery under the cover of darkness.


  • Boda-Bodas movement was restricted to 1700hrs and only allowed to carry cargo.
  • Boda-Bodas arenow allowed   to   move   up   to 1800hrs.
  • Beyond 1800hrs, no Boda-Bodas should be on the road.
  • They are now allowed to carry one passenger at a time or cargo.
  • They should strictly maintain SOPs.
  • Wearing a mask is a MUST for both the rider and passenger.
  • The Boda-Boda Associations are directed to regulate themselves.
  • Failure to comply, this directive will be reversed to the earlier position.


  • Kikuubo was closed.
  • Kikuubo should open under the following conditions:
  • All kiosks within corridors of   buildings   should   be removed for purposes of decongesting pathways.
  • Roadside   vending   within Kikuubo is banned.
  • These will be relocated to alternative venues where vending   is   permitted   by KCCA.
  • Kikuubo should remain  a wholesale trading centre.
  • The Ministers for Kampala, RCC, KCCA and enforcement   agencies   to ensure compliance.
  • Manufacturers, wholesalers   and   traders should open outlets in the various towns and business   centres   in   the outskirts   of   the   Central Business District.
  • Traders should adapt to e-commerce.


Malls, arcades and other business centers were closed

These can open and must strictly follow these guidelines:

  • Compliance to all SOPs.
  • Presence    of    compliance officers is a MUST.
  • Corridors and access ways have to be clear.
  • Adequate     lighting     and ventilation.
  • Dedicated entry and exit-Install CCTV cameras where they are absent.
  • Proper hygiene and sanitation facilities.
  • Registration of shop owners and attendants is a MUST.
  • Only   those   arcades   that conform    to    the    above guidelines will be allowed to open.
  • In    addition,    failure    to conform to any of the above will lead to closure.


  • Burials were restricted to a maximum of 20 people.
  • This should be maintained until   the   population   is sufficiently vaccinated.


  • Weddings were restricted to a maximum of 20 people
  • This should be maintained until   the population   is sufficiently vaccinated.


  • Places of worship were closed.
  • This should be maintained as   closed and   will   be reviewed after  another  60 days.
  • Alternative means of worship  i.e.  online,  radio and    TVs    are    instead encouraged.
  • A maximum of 10 leaders are   allowed   to   lead   the virtual prayers.


  • Outdoor sports events were allowed with restrictions
  • The International and local accredited   sports   events are  allowed  under  strict observance   of   SOPs   (no spectators, mandatory testing    of    players    and officials within 72 hours of the event).
  • Outdoor individual  sport activities are allowed under strict observance of SOPs.
  • Indoor    sports    activities including gyms, pool tables remain closed.


  • Gaming and betting remain closed
  • Casinos, theaters and Cinemas including Bibanda remain closed.


  • Performing artistes, concerts   and comedians are   advised   to perform virtually.
  • These measures shall  be reviewed after 42 days.


  • Bars were closed
  • Bars  remain closed and the enforcement  agencies are directed  to  arrest  and charge  both  revellers  and owners who  breach  this directive.


  • Restaurants were allowed to operate under strict observance of SOPs
  • These should remain open under strict observance of SOPs.
  • Salons were allowed to operate under strict observance of SOPs
  • These  should  be  opened under strict observance of SOPs and guidelines.


  • Saunas and Steam baths were closed
  • These should remain closed.


  • All schools were closed
  • Schools will remain closed until sufficient vaccination of  the  eligible  population and  children  aged  12-18 years old has taken place
  • The  Ministry  of Education and Sports/ National Council for Higher Education and Ministry of Health should meet  and plan for the possibility of a safe  reopening  of  medical schools.
  • Learning  should  continue virtually
  • Ministry of Education and Sports will provide learning materials to learners


  • Reduction to 10% of Non-core staff in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs )and other formal sectors. i.e. lawyers, auditors etc
  • MDAs   and other   formal sectors may operate  at  a maximum   of   30%   in   a rotational manner.
  • MDAs and   other   formal sectors must have compliance     officers     to enforce SOPs.


  • Inter-district travel by private vehicles was banned but registered Private  vehicles  are now allowed   to   move   across district borders carrying a maximum   of  three  persons, including the driver.
  • Tourists’ vehicles were allowed to move
  • Registered tourists’ vehicles should  continue to move to their destinations and designated places.
  • Enforcement agencies and the task forces at all levels to ensure compliance.
  • Ministry of Health should on  a  bi-weekly  basis  flag the  high-risk  districts  for restrictive control actions.


  • Movement in and out of the country through the airport was allowed.
  • Entebbe International Airport will remain open.
  • Ministry of Health, Immigration  services,  Port health and other Agencies of  Government  to  ensure compliance to the existing guidelines such as testing, isolation etc.
  • UPDF medical services are directed   to   oversee   the management of COVID-19 screening    processes    at Entebbe International Airport  leading  to  secure entry and exit.•Online  visa  management systems be maintained.


  • Movement of cargo trucks through the land border points of entry was allowed
  • Cargo trucks are    still allowed to move in and out of   the   country   with   a maximum of two people (driver and turn man).
  • Drivers should possess a negative COVID-19   test result and be allowed  to move.


  • Public transport was banned
  • Public transport will open at strictly   50%   capacity effective Monday, 2nd August,  2021. 
  • This will  be reviewed    every    after    two  weeks.
  • Taxi  and  bus  owners’ associations  must  ensure adherence to this directive by  their  members  as  part of  self-regulation  by  the appropriate associations.
  • There must be   no   air conditioning in all  public transport
  • There must be    strict adherence  to  the  detailed SOPs and   guidelines   as laid   out   by   Ministry   of Works and Transport
  • Public Transport Associations  are  directed to regulate themselves.
  • Failure to  comply, this directive will be reversed to the earlier position.


  • Food Markets were open
  • These should remain open but maintain strict observance of SOPs.


  • Seasonal markets were closed
  • These should remain closed.


  • Conferences, workshops and seminars were banned.
  • These     remain     banned except with explicit permission from the Ministry   of   Health   and related MDAs.
  • Numbers will be restricted and testing will be carried out.


  • The Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC), working together with the Technical Intersectoral Committee (TISC) were directed to closely monitor the compliance and enforcement of these directives.

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