KAMPALA – President Yoweri Museveni announced on Monday that government will distribute free face masks to all Ugandans above the age of 6. This he said is being done to enable Ugandans protect themselves against the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The President’s televised address, came a few hours before the health ministry announced twelve new cases of truck drivers [all Ugandans] who had tested positive to COVID-19 on May 18 bringing the national tally to 260.
According to President Museveni, the face masks, like mosquito nets, will be distributed through the Local Council (LC) system.
“This mask must be worn all the time when you are in public. Whether you are sneezing, talking or coughing. Since many people raised the issue that they cannot afford these masks, the government has decided to provide these masks to all Ugandans 6 years and above,” Mr. Museveni said.
The president noted that effective 20th May 2020, once issues of the masks are addressed, shops selling general merchandise will open with exception of shopping malls/ arcades and food markets.
He said that public transport would resume around June 2, 2020 after all Ugandans get face masks.
“The masks will take two weeks to be ready. Two weeks will be … like June 2. However, this opening of public transport will not be allowed in the border districts of Uganda for another 21 days,” the president said.
“And when the taxis resume, I don’t want to hear of brokers and these noisemakers in the park,” he added.
For the bars, night clubs and salons, Mr. Museveni said that since they cannot observe the rules of social distancing, they will not be allowed to open for another 21 days. This he said includes, gyms, sauna and swimming pools.