Rwandans in the streets on first day of lockdown easing

Rwanda – It’s the first day of the easing of a six-week lockdown in Rwanda and people have moved in the streets, small businesses have reopened and athletes are working out.

The Prime Minister said on Friday that the East African country will partially lift its lockdown from Monday, 4 May, and allow people to move freely during the day more than six weeks after being confined.

The country was one of the first to impose strict lockdown measures in Africa on March 22. At the time, it had only 19 cases and to date has recorded 225 cases and no deaths.

From Monday 4 May, people were allowed to move freely from 5 am to 8 pm, and would need permission to do so later in the evening, said the prime minister in a statement.

Businesses, manufacturing, and construction operations would be allowed to start with essential workers, while markets will be allowed to open with no more than 50% of traders operating.

The statement added that hotels and restaurants will be allowed to open but must close by 7 pm.

Traveling between provinces is still banned, borders also remain closed and mass gatherings are still not allowed.

“Masks must be worn in public at all times,” the statement said.

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