CORONAVIRUS: Bars ordered to close early

Friday March 20 2020

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Bars in Kigali to close by 9pm while those in rural areas can only be open until 7pm. PHOTO | FILE  

JOHNSON KANAMUGIRE
By JOHNSON KANAMUGIRE
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Bars in Rwanda have been ordered to close early in a bid to further mitigate the spread of Covid-19.

Specifically, the new rules effective immediately compel bars in the capital Kigali to close by 9pm while those in rural areas can only be open until 7pm, ministry of local government announced on Friday.

“Local government institutions in cooperation with security organs will continue to monitor compliance with these instructions,” Minister Anastase Shyaka said in a statement.

With the confirmed infections totaling eleven people, Government closed places of worship, schools, weddings and sports events for two weeks since March 14. The closure period may be renewed and expanded based on circumstances, the ministry of health recently announced.

The newly announced instructions emphasise that to move worship or prayer activities to unauthorized places such as prayer rooms, private homes or caves is not permitted.

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