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COVID-19 preventive health measures

General preventive measures

  • Masks must be worn properly in public at all times.
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  • All resumed services must continue adhering to health guidelines from health authorities (hand hygiene, mask wearing and social distancing).
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  • All traders are required to accept digital payments as an alternative form of payment.
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  • Movements are prohibited from 10 PM to 4 AM.

Services to continue

  • Schools will resume with a gradual reopening in the coming weeks based on levels of education. The Ministry of Education and The Ministry of Health will continue to ensure safe reopening of schools.
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  • Offices of public and private institutions will operate at 50% capacity. Other employees will continue working from home on a rotational basis.
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  • Malls and markets will operate at 50% capacity with vendors working on a rotational basis.
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  • Public transportation will continue with buses operating at full capacity for seated passengers and at 50% for standing passengers.
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  • Bicycle taxis (Abanyonzi) will resume in permitted areas of operation in accordance with COVID-19 preventive measures as well as other precautionary safety measures including wearing helmets.
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  • Motos are permitted to carry passengers except in areas under lockdown. Strict hygiene must be observed and masks worn at all times.
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  • Arriving and departing passengers at Kigali International airport must present a negative COVID -19 PCR test taken within 120 hours prior to departure and should comply with health guidelines.
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  • Domestic and international tourism will continue however tourists must have valid reservations and possess valid negative COVID – 19 test results.
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  • Event organizers including conferences and meetings must comply with all COVID – 19 preventive measures.
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  • Participants in meetings and conferences will not require proof of COVID – 19 tests however, event organizers must comply with health guidelines and must not exceed 50% of venue capacity.
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  • COVID – 19 tests will not be required for wedding receptions with fewer than 75 guests. However, the public is encouraged to take advantage of COVID – 19 voluntary testing facilities as a preventive measure.
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  • Church wedding ceremonies should not exceed 75 persons.
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  • Places of worship shall operate in compliance with COVID-19 preventive measures.
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  • Services at places of worship will increase to 50% of venue capacity.
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  • Funeral gatherings should not exceed 75 persons.
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  • Mass gathering are prohibited except with special permission and events must not exceed 30% of venue capacity. Applications to host essential events will be granted by local authorities and RDB upon fulfillment of health requirements.
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  • Gaming operators may resume activities gradually, upon fulfilling COVID-19 preventive measures. The Ministry of Trade and Industry will provided detailed guidelines.
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  • Non-contact outdoor sports are permitted however gyms shall remain closed.
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  • Attendance at a wake/vigil (Ikiriyo) should not exceed 15 people at any one time.
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  • Civil marriage ceremonies will continue but should not exceed 15 persons.

Services to remain closed

  • All bars including those in restaurants and hotels will remain closed.
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  • Gym and Swimming pools remain closed.