Saloons, Other Businesses Still Under Lockdown Cautioned Against Backdoor Opening

Minister of Security, Gen Elly Tumwine

It has come to the notice of President Yoweri Museveni, the Ministry of Health and the Joint Security Forces that some Ugandans do not observe social distancing in the city, or wear a mask when in public, as required by guidelines that were issued by President Museveni at the start of implementation of the gradual easing of the lockdown.

The Minister for Security, Gen Elly Tumwine has cautioned saloon proprietors and other businesses that are still under restrictions gainst backdoor opening yet government has never cleared their reopening.

He said as security, they cannnot be successful in enforcing the anti – Covid-19 guidelines if they don’t get cooperation from the people.

Addressing the media yesterday, Gen Tumwine said the novel coronavirus is the biggest threat that is facing Uganda and the world at the moment.

He said as security, it has not been them alone who have succeeded in the past weeks to stave off the virus, but rather the vigilance of the people across the country who have implemented the government measures without question.

“It has not been the matter of the gun, but you the individuals to understand your enemy. There is no war that has paralyzed the entire world like the one against COVID-19; it’s more dangerous than all the weapons in the world because of the manner in which it spreads,” said Tumwine.

He said that now that the country understands how the virus spreads, the choice is clear to individuals whether to be safe or not.

“When you want to be a danger to yourself, we bring in the security forces which are instructed to enforce compliance with guidelines,” added Tumwine.

Gen Tumwine called upon all Ugandans to continue observing the guidelines such as washing hands, wearing facemasks when in public and observing social distancing.
“If you see somebody breaking the guidelines, make an alarm for them so that everybody is alerted that somebody is a danger to the public, so that you create a united force against COVID-19,” said Tumwine.

He thanked the boda boda riders and taxi drivers who have maintained peace despite the call from some quarters for them to demonstrate against the continued restrictions on their businesses.

“We have 1.5-2 million boda bodas in Uganda. Imagine if each was to carry five people per day, that means that 10 million people will be endangered. It is in your interest for you to wait and see how safe we can work without endangering our people. In a situation where there is danger, you first have to secure your life first,” he added.

He said that he had received information that some saloons allow customers backdoor defying the guidelines to stem the spread of Covid-19.

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