Covid-19 Rules Violators Now to Pay Hefty Fines in Kigali

The city has announced tough penalties that include fines and detention for non-compliance of directives meant to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Traders and service providers who refuse digital payment will be charged a U.S.$26 fine and a possible closure of the business until the required payment has been made. Failure to wear or incorrectly wearing a face mask will result in a fine of U.S.$10 and 24-hour detention. For the last couple of weeks, Kigali has been the leading hotspot of Covid-19 country-wide, with workers in the currently closed Nyarugenge and Nyabugogo markets and their contacts being among high risk groups. Rwanda currently has 4,255 confirmed covid-19 cases and is among countries which have recorded the lowest deaths in the continent.

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Passengers queue to board a bus at Nyabugogo Taxi Park in Kigali after the government eased lockdown regulations (file photo).

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