Aceng – Adhere to SOPs or face two months in jail

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Minister of Health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng has warned that Ugandans who do not wear facemasks or follow other SOPs stand a chance of earning two months behind bars.

While addressing the country on the efforts that have been put in by the Health Ministry to combat the spread of Covid-19, Dr. Jane Ruth passed a stun warning to Ugandans who violate the Standard Operating Procedures.

“A person who operates a place or who conducts any activity or event specified in subrule (1) commits an offence and is liable, on conviction, to imprisonment not exceeding two months,” she said.

In regards to the above, she informed that the Ministry had issued new statutory instruments in relation to public health rules whose major aim is to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus disease.

Among these includes a provision stating that any individual found violating the Covid-19 guidelines is liable to conviction to imprisonment whose maximum period should be two months.

Additionally, the Minister of Health went on to inform that these statutory rules which have been put in place to combat the spread of Covid-19 shall only stay in place for the length of the lockdown.

Some of the activities which fall under subrule (1) include operating bars, nightclubs, discotheques and cinema halls, prayers in open and closed spaces, seminars, workshops, conferences and cultural related meetings, concerts, gym, and massage parlors, and pre-primary schools.

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Aside from the above, also activities that were suspended by the president fall under this category such as schools, house parties, kikuubo, trading non-food items, and operating in shopping malls.

However, motorists that qualify as essential workers, as well as media personalities and health practitioners, are immune to some of these rules seeing as they were given a go signal by the president.

Uganda is currently under a 42-days lockdown which is expected to stop by the end of this month hence during this period, everyone is expected to be on their best behavior or less, they stand a chance of spending a maximum of two months behind the bars.

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