BY ROBERT KAMUKAMA
KIGALI, Rwanda|SHIFTMEDIA| Rwanda has eased its COVID 19 transport restrictions, and also reduced curfew hours from 22hrs (10 pm) to 4 am.
The reopening of schools in Rwanda followed an assessment done in September by the Education Ministry in partnership with the Higher Education Council which inspected 29 universities and other higher education institutions to ascertain their readiness.
“We are ready to start teaching and learning with respect to the safety protocols. We have installed posters and screens at different corners of the campus, demonstrating how to behave to contain the spread of coronavirus while in the classrooms and other university premises,” Callixte Kabera, the rector of the University of Tourism Technology and Business Studies in the capital Kigali, said on Monday.
The reopening of secondary and primary schools is expected in November.
The coronavirus cases in Rwanda reached 4,896 with 31 deaths and 3,606 recoveries as of Sunday. The number of new cases reported daily by the Health Ministry has dropped countrywide.
Authorities in Rwanda have also resumed full transportation of passengers that were since reduced to 50%. All public transport can now carry 100% of passengers.
The earlier movement restrictions imposed between Rusizi and other districts have all been be lifted, provided travellers adhere to strict health and safety guidelines, such mandatory wearing of face masks.
Authorities have previously eased several COVID-19 restrictions. Domestic and international flights have resumed. International passengers arriving at Kigali International Airport (KGL) airport who were earlier required to present a COVID 19 negative certificate and be quarantined in a designated hotel are now free to land at will and travel to any part of the country at will, so long as they wear a face mask.
The government also imposed a $10 fine for any person nabbed contravening the set curfew times or found not wearing a face mask.
Restaurants, hotels, shops, and tourism services have resumed limited operations but must comply with social distancing guidelines. Officials require all traders to accept digital payments as alternative forms of payment. Places of worship are permitted to resume services. National parks are now open to visitors who have tested negative for COVID-19.