The Latest Government COVID-19 Preventive Measures  

Monday 21st June 2021 Update

In light of the uptick in cases of COVID-19 in the country, on Tuesday 29th June, the government of Rwanda announced a revision of the COVID-19 restrictions issued on Monday 21st June 2021. These new measures will take effect starting Thursday 1st July and will be reviewed after two weeks upon a health assessment.  

Below are the updated government measures.  

General measures for the whole country

  • The country will observe curfew time from 6:00 pm to 04:00 am, and businesses will close by 5:00 pm. People are encouraged to limit unnecessary movements. 
  • Arriving passengers at the airport must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure. 
  • Public transport will continue to operate at 50% capacity with strict adherence to the health guidelines (social distancing and mask-wearing). Motos and bicycles will continue to work with strict compliance with the health guidelines (disinfecting passenger’s helmets). 
  • Private business will continue with essential staff not exceeding 50% capacity. 
  • Schools and higher institutions of learning are closed.  
  • Malls and markets will continue to operate with only essential vendors not exceeding 50% capacity of registered traders.  
  • Tourism will continue with strict adherence to health guidelines. 
  • Individual and non-contact sports activities will continue with strict adherence to health guidelines. Gyms are closed. 

Measure specific for Kigali

  • Movements between Kigali and other provinces and movements between districts nationwide are prohibited except for medical services and transportation of goods. 
  • Private and public offices are closed for staff except for those providing essential services. 
  • All meetings and social gatherings are prohibited. Restaurants will only provide offer delivery services. 

Measures specific for the rest of the country

  • Movements between districts nationwide are prohibited except for medical services and transportation of goods. 
  • Physical meetings will continue but not exceeding 30% of venue capacity. Participants will be required to present negative COVID-19 results taken within 72 hours.  
  • Public offices will continue to operate but not exceeding 15% capacity of all employees. Other staff will continue working from home on a rotational basis.  
  • Restaurants will continue to operate not exceeding 30% of venue capacity closing by 5 pm. 

Updated Government COVID-19 Preventive Measures & Considerations for your Business

Saturday 12th June 2021 Update

In light of the uptick in cases of COVID-19 in the country, on Monday 21st June 2021, the government of Rwanda announced a revision of the COVID-19 restrictions issued on 12th June 2021. These new measures will take effect starting Wednesday 23rd June and will be reviewed after 2 weeks upon a health assessment.

We know that it is a tough time for many and particularly for entrepreneurs as you strive to protect both your families and businesses. We are here to help with a summary of the updated measures and some things to keep in mind as a business owner operating during this time.

Updated Measures

  • Movements between Kigali and other provinces and movements between districts nationwide are prohibited except for medical services and transportation of goods.
  • The country will observe curfew time from 7:00 pm to 04:00 am, and businesses will close by 6:00 pm.
  • Arriving passengers at the airport must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure.
  • Public transport will continue to operate at 50% capacity with strict adherence to the health guidelines (social distancing and mask-wearing).
  • Motos and bicycles will continue to operate with strict compliance with the health guidelines (disinfecting passenger’s helmets).
  • Physical meetings will continue at 30% of venue capacity, and all participants must possess negative PCR tests.
  • All social gatherings, both private and public, are prohibited.
  • Private business will continue with essential staff not exceeding 50% capacity.
  • Malls and markets will continue to operate with only essential vendors not exceeding 50% capacity of registered traders.
  • Restaurants will continue to operate at 30% of venue capacity closing by 6 pm. For some designated restaurants, customers must present negative COVID-19 results.
  • Tourism will continue with strict adherence to health guidelines.

Considerations for Your Business

  • If your business is permitted to continue operations during this time, ensure that you have implemented all safety protocols to keep your clients and employees safe.
  • Brief all employees in advance where possible on operational changes you plan to make that could affect their work schedules or responsibilities. Allow employees to work remotely where possible.
  • Reach out to clients proactively about changes in product or service delivery, operating hours, or protocols when visiting your business.