Question: What do I need to know about the current state of business operations in Rwanda amid the COVID-19 outbreak?

Answer: Since the first case of COVID-19 infection was reported in Rwanda on March 14th, 2020, the country has implanted several measures to contain the spread and infection of the virus. The measures are reviewed every 15 days and have ranged from closing all business operations except for essential services to restrictions of the movement of people and cargo to between certain hours.

Currently, Rwanda has resumed most business operations, including restaurants, hotels, shops, and tourism operations with the exception of bars (including bars located inside of hotels and restaurants), which remain closed. Movement in the country is allowed from 4 am to 10 pm. National parks are open to visitors with a negative COVID-19 test and international air travel has resumed. Rwanda has partially opened its land border with the Democratic Republic of Congo linking the country to DRC’s small city of Goma to ease small cross border business. However, all the other land borders remain closed except for cargo and returning Rwandan citizens and residents. Travelers to Rwanda must present a negative PCR COVID-19 test certificate for a test taken no more than 120 hours before their initial flight.

Public and private transport has resumed all over the country with public buses operating at full capacity for sitting passengers and 50% for standing passengers. Capacities for staff in private and public workplaces has increased from 30% to 50%. For wedding reception and conferences, event organizers must not allow guests to exceed 50% of venue capacity. Finally, COVID- 19 tests are no longer required for gatherings of fewer than 75 in number.

References: https://www.primature.gov.rw/index.php?id=43

Cabinet Decisions (Office of the Prime Minister, Rwanda, 2020)