President Museveni, during his address the nation on Tuesday 21st July revealed a number of measures that have been taken as a means to ease the lockdown and jumpstart the economy while dealing with the coronavirus.
Among the measures, he revealed that salon, and arcade workers, and bodaboda commercial cyclists would resume normal duties the following day and a week from then respectively, as long they observed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) issued by the Ministry of Health. While many of these guidelines have caused a lot of mixed feelings among the concerned parties, the government is hellbent on following through with them even if it means some businesses to close indefinitely.
The Minister for Trade, Amelia Kyambadde, has reiterated that the government will not open arcades that have failed to comply with the health guidelines to avoid COVID-19. Amelia said in a statement that different arcades that fail to satisfy the set Standard Operating Procedures in the Central Business District of Kampala will remain closed indefinitely.
Besides the SOPs, the arcades must satisfy structural requirements which include among others; Availability of screening points, entry and exits points’ plan, availability of CCTV cameras, an isolation room, and visible posters on the use of masks and social distancing.Minister Amelia Kyambadde
During the presidential address, the president revealed that only 110 of over 230 arcades have complied with the guidelines and can be opened henceforth.
“Arcades that comply shall be re-inspected and if found fit, they will be opened, none compliant arcades will remain closed indefinitely,”Minister Amelia Kyambadde
President Museveni also added on measures to have arcades opened, citing that these must have temperature guns at entrances, enough toilets, no people in corridors and all customers must have their details captured. Arcades must have all shop owners and attendants registered and must provide proof of proper waste management for both liquid and solid waste. Arcades must also clearly indicate social distancing labels, strings, and tape to control human traffic.