Public transport has today resumed in Rwanda. Passengers have this morning been seen entering taxi parks one by one.
In Remera taxi park, for example, passengers wash their hands before queing up for their destination. Masks are mandatory and no one is allowed onboard without one. Passengers are required to observe social distancing.
In a cabinet statement issued on April 30, the Rwandan government announced the easing of the countries nationwide lockdown thar was implemented on March 17 to stem the spread of coronavirus.
Kigali said private, and public businesses will open with essential staff while others worked from home. Hotels and restaurants will operate up to 7 pm.
These, the statement said would resume activities today May 4, while churches, bars, gyms and recreational centers will remain closed.
Schools will also remain closed until September 2020.
Markets will also open but only have 50 percent of the vendors.
Private and public transport will resume within the same province but is banned when moving out to other provinces.
On bus services, passengers will have to maintain social distancing and only allow people with masks onboard while funerals are restricted to only 30 people.
Motorcycles and bicycles will also not carry passengers but carry goods.
Also, sports activities for individuals will be allowed although sports facilities like stadiums will remain closed.
Borders are closed except for goods.
In an earlier statement, Rwanda’s Minister of Health, Dr. Daniel Ndamije announced that wearing masks in public had been made mandatory. He said citizens must have the masks on when social distancing is not possible, including at markets and stores that provide essential commodities.