President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has ordered the closure of schools and suspension of religious gatherings in the country to reduce the spread of coronavirus.
He made this order while addressing the country about the Covid-19 situation on Sunday evening.
“All schools and institutions of higher learning should close for 42 days effective 8:00 am of 7 June 2021 (Monday),” Museveni said.
Explaining the decision, he said schools have become one of the main reasons the virus keeps spreading. Therefore, they need to be closed.
“There is an increased number of clusters of infections in schools. When the children were in villages, I didn’t hear of any infections. Now when we opened, schools have become new centers of infections,” the president said.
President Museveni said all teachers need to get vaccinated before returning to school.
He also ordered all religious institutions to suspend their activities for 42 days as the government monitors the situation.
Museveni blamed the increase of covid-19 cases on the public, as they refused to observe the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) put in place by the government.
“It is becoming a real problem because the virus has mutated and is now attacking the young people. The whole thing has changed from recent data projection; the situation is expected to further escalate because of poor compliance by the population to follow SOPs and directives,” he said.
While he said the laid down SOPs must be obeyed by everyone, he also affirmed that those found breaking Covid-19 regulations will be fined instead of being arrested.
“Instead of arresting people who violate Covid-19 rules to fill up our jails, they will pay. Those who don’t comply will be fined in monetary terms. The secretary for treasury will issue statutory instruments,” he said.