Police are reinstating the 9 pm curfew checkpoints with effect from tonight, spokesperson Fred Enanga has warned.
Enanga says all roadblocks and barriers on roads leading into and out of the city for the enforcement of the curfew are to be mounted again.
Enanga has also reminded the public that all businesses that were suspended under the Covid-19 lockdown and have not been allowed to resume operating, must remain under lock and key.
While addressing the press at Uganda Media Centre in Kampala today Monday, Enanga said such businesses include bars, gyms and open air markets. Enanga says that some of these places have been operating illegally which is putting the communities at a high risk of contracting the Covid-19.
"All those sectors under the lockdown remain under the lockdown - places like bars, open air markets. What we have been realizing is that there are those sectors that have been stealthily operating and yet they are still under the lockdown. People are still sneaking going into bars, having public gatherings. Some of those markets that are not supposed to operate like those dealing in non-essential items have also come out. So we’re going to ensure that those sectors under the lockdown still remain under so," said Enanga.
Enanga also says that some sectors that were allowed to operate, have been non-compliant to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) that were issued out by the ministry of Health and other security organs. Such sectors include the boda bodas which have continued to operate beyond 6 pm and motorists operating beyond 9 pm.
"What we have realized with the movement of public transport especially boda bodas is that most of them have ignored the 6 pm timing which was given to them and they are still continuing to operate and even carry passengers in a very reckless manner from 6 pm up to almost 11 pm you still find boda bodas plying along several routes. Now the same applies with all other motorists, all other businesses that are supposed to stop at 9 pm because the curfew starts at 9…we still find motorists who find themselves along the highway past 9 so this is going to change," said Enanga.
According to Enanga, all territorial commanders have been instructed by the inspector general of police (IGP) to tighten the enforcement mechanisms to curb the rapid spread of Covid-19 with effect from Tuesday, October 13.
Of the already operating businesses, the police did an inspection to find out if the SOPs were being followed and a number of premises were found non-compliant and blacklisted. According to Enanga, their names have sent to the Covid-19 task force. These include; Sombe and Good Quality supermarkets in Mukono municipality, Golden Plaza, HM plaza and M City plaza in Mukono district, Katonda Ye Mukama plaza, One Price supermarket, Kasawo plaza on Mukono –Jinja road, Haruna shopping centre and Ntinda markets in Ntinda business area, Ntami complex, Nagalabi complex, Dauda plaza, Sokoto finance and Agape hardware in Nateete business community, Yusufu arcade, Kyanja Crown supermarket, Mujesu supermarket and Jena pharmacy in Kisasi, Prime plaza and Kitala mall in Nakulabye.
Enanga says that the above-named business operating centres are to go back to being locked up till further notice. As of today, Uganda has registered 9,864 COVID-19 cases, 94 deaths and 6,109 recoveries.