President Yoweri Museveni is set to address the nation on the current COVID-19 situation and related issues on Wednesday September 22, 2021.
The senior presidential press secretary, Lindah Nabusayi, said the president’s address will be televised on all major television and radio stations, and will start at 8pm on Wednesday.
“Kaguta Museveni will address the Nation on COVID19 situation and related issues on Wednesday September 22, 2021 at 8pm. The address will be live on all Television and Radio Stations,” she said.
The president’s address comes amidst pressure from different stakeholders calling for schools, churches, bars to be re-opened.
Recently bar owners threatened tore- open their bars, saying the 60 days President Museveni had given them in his July 30 address had elapsed.
While lifting the 42 day on July 30, Museveni allowed public transport to operate at half capacity, Opened arcades but under strict adherence to Standard Operating Procedures.
The president said there were three options including fully reopening, partial reopening or continuing with the total lockdown but noted government had to strike a balance between controlling the spread of the virus on one hand and the mitigating effect of the lockdown on the economy and the general wellbeing of Ugandans on the other hand.
He said they decided that the country goes with the partial lockdown but under strict Standard Operating Procedures to be followed by the population.
“Partial opening up will see an increased number of infections in the first week since everyone will be coming out after the lockdown but this would later reduce. It is therefore good to ensure observance of SOPs in the partial lockdown. Based on scientists’ advice, I now revise my directives,” Museveni said.
“Therefore, curfew is maintained at 7 pm and all persons except security and those cleared to move at night should be in their homes. Public transport will reopen at 50% capacity beginning Monday.” Museveni noted.
Museveni said places of worship will stay closed for another 60 days but urged them to use virtual prayers.
Other sectors that remained closed include Education Institutions, Bars and other entertainment centers