Government of Rwanda reinstates new COVID-19 preventive measures.

February 19, 2021

On 19th February 2021, the government issued new preventive measures for COVID-19. The issued measures will take effect nation-wide effective 23rd February 2021. Movement between Kigali and other provinces and district remains restricted with curfew starting from 8pm-4am. Public offices and private business will resume with only essential staff not exceeding 30% capacity, closing at 6pm. Malls and markets will open with only vendors providing essential products and will not exceed 50% mall and market capacity of registered vendors. Restaurants and cafés will resume operations with a 30% occupancy limit, closing by 6pm and deliveries operating till 8pm.

Public and private transport will continue with not more-than 75% capacity for buses. Bus operators will be required to maintain social distancing and only allow passengers with masks. Motorcycles and bicycles will also resume operations while observing strict hygiene.

Tourism will continue with strict adherence to COVID-19 health measures, including presenting a negative COVID-19 test for traveling tourists and informing RDB of itineraries. Kigali’s international airport will remain open but arriving passengers must present a negative PCR within 72 hours before the first departure and self-quarantine for seven days, taking a PCR test at the end of this period. Departing passengers must present negative PCR results before departure.

Individual and non-contact outdoor sports will resume while following guidelines from the Ministry of Sports. Gym, gaming activities, and recreational centers will remain closed.

The government of Rwanda will COVID-19 preventive measures after 15 days.

February 2, 2021

On 2nd February 2021, the government issued new preventive measures for COVID-19 with specific measures for the city and Kigali and different measures for the rest of the districts. The current lockdown in the city of Kigali will prevail till 7th February 2021, after which movements are permitted only between the hours of 4 am and 7 pm. Private businesses will resume with only 30% capacity of employees working from offices while other employees working from home, closing at 5pm. Malls and markets will open with only vendors providing essential products and will not exceed 50% mall and market capacity. Restaurants and cafes may provide takeaway services only.

Public and private transport in Kigali not 50% capacity for buses. Bus operators will be required to maintain social distancing and only allow passengers with masks. Motorcycles and bicycles will also resume operations while observing strict hygiene.

Tourism will continue with strict adherence to COVID-19 health measures, including presenting a negative COVID-19 test for traveling tourists and informing RDB of itineraries. Kigali’s international airport will remain open but arriving passengers must present a negative PCR within 72 hours before the first departure and self-quarantine for seven days, taking a PCR test at the end of this period. Departing passengers must present negative PCR results before departure.

Preventive measures for the rest of the country include the prohibition of movements from 4 am to 7 pm. For the hospitality industry, social gatherings and events are all prohibited, and public gyms and swimming pools are restricted from the public.

The government of Rwanda will COVID-19 preventive measures after 15 days.

January 20, 2021

Given an increase in COVID-19 cases, the government of Rwanda has issued new preventive measures to curb its spread. Preventive measures for Kigali include the prohibition of movements of unnecessary movements including visits outside of homes except for essential services including medical/healthcare, food shopping, and banking. All other movements will require an approved permit from the Rwanda National Police. Travel between Kigali and other provinces and districts has been restricted with for the exception of travel for essential services and tourism, whereby tourists must possess a negative COVID-19 test.

Public transport has been halted with exception of transportation of food and other essential services. Businesses involved in farming will continue to operate for the ongoing agricultural season while observing COVID-19 control measures. All businesses must be closed except those selling food, pharmacies, cleaning products, which may operate at 30% capacity and close by 6 pm. Restaurants and cafes may provide takeaway only.

Preventive measures for the rest of the country include the prohibition of movements from 4 am to 6 pm. For the hospitality industry, social gatherings and events are all prohibited and public gyms and swimming pools shall be restricted from the public.

COVID-19 preventive measures are reviewed every 15 days.

To read more about the Cabinet’s communication, visit: Cabinet Communique 18TH January 2021

January 7, 2021

With an increasing number of COVID-19 infections, the government of Rwanda has issued new preventive measures. Key measures introduced include the prohibition of movements of persons from 8 pm to 4 am. The cabinet also resolved that business establishments including shops, restaurants, markets, and malls must close business operations by 6 pm. Public and private transport between Kigali and other districts is prohibited except for domestic and international tourists that present negative COVID-19 test results and vehicles transporting goods with not more than two people on board.

Specifically for the hotel/hospitality industry, social gatherings and events including hosting of wedding ceremonies, receptions, meetings, and conferences have been prohibited. Public gyms and swimming pools are restricted from public use with the exception of hotel guests with negative COVID-19 test results.

COVID-19 preventive measures are reviewed every 15 days.

To read more about the Cabinet’s communication, visit: Cabinet Communique 4th January 2021