COVID-19: Rwanda postpones reopening public transport until further notice

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Rwanda government on Sunday evening announced postponement of reopening public transport until further notice.
In a tweet, the Rwanda Prime Minister’s office’s revealed that the decision was done in public interest.
Rwanda has so far recorded 370 cases, with 270 recoveries and one death
‘‘After reassessment, transportation between provinces and the City of Kigali, as well as passenger moto services, will remain closed until further notice in the interest of public health.’’ The Prime Minister’s office tweeted.
‘‘Further Covid-19 measures will be announced by Cabinet on Tuesday 2 June 2020’’



Rwanda government had earlier planned to reopen public transport on 1st June 2020.
Government had issued tight guidelines for reopening public transport, as part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus.
The new guidelines were issued by the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA). Among the guidelines issued in a statement, motorcyclists and passengers have to carry hand sanitizers. Motorcyclists are required to sanitize the helmets and ensure passengers sanitize their hands before boarding. Both the motorcyclists as well as passengers have to wear their face masks and taxi-motor operators have to obey one-meter distance while in parking.



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Motorcyclists in Kigali are required to use meters cashless payment of their fare using Mobile Money or Airtel Money. The cashless payment also applies to motorcyclists operating in other parts of the country.
No cash will be allowed in order to decrease the risk of spreading Covid-19 through cash handling.

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