Rwanda Eases Covid-19 Lockdown Restrictions

The Rwandan government has eased lockdown restrictions in Kigali and the majority of the country following a significant drop in new coronavirus cases.

A cabinet meeting chaired by President Paul Kagame on Monday adjusted the curfew hours which will now begin at 9 pm and end at 4 am, allowing businesses to stay open till 8 pm.

Restaurants and religious places can now operate at 30% of their capacity, and hotels are allowed to host physical meetings at a maximum of 30% of the venue’s capacity. The new conditions also require COVID-19 tests for meetings of more than 20 people.

Public gatherings such as marriage ceremonies and funerals can also resume, but wedding receptions remain prohibited.

Passengers at the Kigali International Airport are required to present COVID-19 PCR tests taken within 2 hours prior to departure.

The revised restrictions come two weeks after the country kickstarted its COVID-19 vaccination drive. So far, around 314,015 healthcare workers and high-risk persons have been inoculated.

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