Rwandan Govt Eases Restrictions, Opens All Schools, Some Sports

Rwanda's response to the Covid-19 pandemic saw the lockdown in the capital Kigali, the closure of schools and restrictions on sport and religious gatherings. With the vaccine rollout however, restrictions are now being eased. Private businesses, restaurants and cafes have now been allowed to operate with 30% occupancy limit and churches are now allowed to open for service, although only with 30% of its operational capacity. Learning institutions were closed in March 2020 and had gradually reopened in November 2020, but a second wave of the virus infections and surges in Covid-19 deaths from December 2020, saw many academies close its doors again on January 18, 2021 as the capital Kigali was locked down for a second time. Individual and non-contact outdoor sports activities have also been given the greenlight to resume. As of February 22, 2021 Rwanda recorded 18,053 Covid-19 cases, 16,803 recoveries and 249 deaths.

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A woman selling hand sanitiser, gloves and face masks in Kigali (file photo).

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