Ugandan Artistes and other entertainers like comedians, dancers and actors who thrive on performances backed by crowds will have to wait longer to start working as the ban on their activities was not lifted by the President H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on his latest address to the nation on Covid-19.
In fact the president even made no mention of this category anywhere directly meaning this group of Ugandans are among the last that will be allowed to work. The ban on their activities was decreed as a preventive measure to curb the spread of Covid-19 which started ravaging the world in January and entered Uganda about three months ago forcing the country into lock down.
Events that attract crowds have been earmarked as high-risk areas that can aid the faster spread of the deadly disease hence government move to ban them and closed public institutions like schools and places of worship.
The president who continued to ease some of the restrictions imposed as preventive measures and on Monday, added some of the border districts to those allowed to operate public transport. He also increased number of people in private cars from 3 to 4, though most of the restrictions have stayed including the curfew time, closure of schools and places of worship.
The president says these places a high risk because of clustering with many people of unknown risk from multiple points of origin, “Difficulty to enforce preventive measures like physical distancing” and “Closed indoor settings where transmission is more efficient than the airy outdoor settings”.
He added that, “Contact tracing could be complex in the event of exposure of multiple people to COVID-19 since there are no records or listing of congregants”.
The President who said he was guided by scientists while arriving at these decisions said the public should continue following standard operating procedures and complying with the preventive measures.
“To support the process of continued opening/lifting of restrictions, there is need to ensure compliance to COVID-19 prevention measures including wearing of face masks in public spaces, hand and environmental hygiene, among others” He said.
Although some of the artistes and entertainers have started complaining on social media like other affected Ugandans, Mr Museveni warned that the disease could wreck havoc if not well managed.
“Ugandans should know that if the disease escalates it may call for resumption of the restrictions to contain the disease spread and reduce deaths among the population. Several countries have reinstated restrictions due to poor compliance and increasing COVID-19 infections, a state that Ugandans should avoid.”