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New Curfew Police Operations target bars, boda boda riders & non essential motorists

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New Curfew Police Operations target bars, boda boda riders & non essential motorists

Joint Security Agencies have released new guidelines to help police enforce curfew. The Police Administration has tasked all Territorial Commanders, to conduct heightened and stricter enforcement operations during the curfew and the other Covid-19 protocols.
This comes after the Ministry of Health confirmed that a dangerous and more transmissible strain of Covid-19, similar to that in India is now in Uganda.
Now, the police spokesperson CP Fred Enanga they have heightened enforcement of the Covid-19 measures, including the nightly curfews.
He says that all Territorial Commanders have been tasked to conduct heightened and stricter enforcement operations during the curfew and the other Covid-19 protocols.
“Therefore, all non-essential movements during the curfew timings of 9pm- 5.30am, are restricted. We believe this will help reduce the reckless and risky interactions at night which increase opportunity for disease transmission” Enanga explained.
Adding that they have also intensified inspections, checks and raids to counter all violations and defaulters of the curfew and Covid-19 SOPS.
“Our areas of interest include; bars operating illegally, places of entertainment, gatherings of more than 200 people (except under very exceptional circumstances by the Ministry of Health). Also, targeted are motorists, who are not observing the load capacity of 70%, especially in taxis, mini buses, buses and salon cars. All boda bodas and passengers outside the 6pm limit, will be countered” Enanga added.
He noted that to avoid disruptions and inconveniences, members of the public and all motorists are encouraged to abide by the health and safety SOPs from the Ministry of Health and ensure they are in their homes by 9pm.
“Let us not wait until either ourselves or our loved ones are hospitalised for Covid-19, for one to start getting more vigilant.
Therefore, all persons found breaching the Ministry of Health SOPs and the curfew timings, will be subjected fines, penalties and or court action. All motorists outside the essential category, caught in the curfew will have their movements disrupted and motorcycles or motor vehicles impounded” he warned.
According to the police publicist, the public should know that the measures are aimed at slowing the spread of a very contagious virus. And even though some people are frustrated due to Covid-19, fatigue, it is crucial to take the threats of COVID-19 seriously and not let our guards down.

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