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Police to arrest Boda Boda riders after 7 pm as nightlife economy fully reopens

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Police to arrest Boda Boda riders after 7 pm as nightlife economy fully reopens

Uganda Police Force has announced that there will not be any night curfew restrictions and operations starting today 24th January 2022, as ordered by President Yoweri Museveni in his new year’s message.

While addressing the weekly police press conference at Naguru on Monday, CP Fred Enanga the police spokesperson noted that today marks the full reopening of the nightlife economy which has been under lockdown since March 2020.

“Today, January 24, 2022, marks the full reopening of the economy after a period of over 20 months. This is very vital for businesses such as culture, hospitality, and the night economy. It marks the beginning of nightlife and all those stakeholders involved can start rebuilding their businesses” Enanga said.

He noted that while most Ugandans are excited about the full reopening of the economy, they must observe the SOPs put in place by the Health Ministry in order to reduce the spread of COVID19.

Enanga added that while in such social gathering areas, most people ignore wearing masks and social distancing. “When people are dancing, it is very hard to observe social distancing in nightclubs, bars, and discos”.

He also reminded Ugandans that COVID19 cases are still increasing and they should be careful when visiting crowded places, and also cautioned managers and owners of such venues to ensure clients are kept safe.

Enanga further noted the President’s condition, that if people do not adhere to the rules, curfew restrictions will be reintroduced.

For Boda Bodas, the police spokesperson warned that the 7 PM curfew restriction is still in place and that starting Monday evening, they will be enforcing this restriction.

“If you are going out, ensure that you have means of transport you back, outside a Boda Boda. If you think you are going to call a Boda to pick you up at 10 Pm, you must know there will be inconveniences that come along with that. So, to all riders & passengers, you are reminded that the restriction of Boda Bodas is still on and starts at 7 pm. So, you should ensure not to fall in that trap” Enanga warns.

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