Uganda on Monday allowed ministries, departments and agencies to reopen offices, but only essential staff are permitted as the country moves to ease COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.

The Ministry of Public Service said in a statement that only 30 percent of the employees should be allowed to work from office and the rest should work remotely.

The ministry said responsible officers must put in place crowd management strategies while ensuring social distancing, and they must encourage external clients to use online platforms to limit physical interactions.

Physical meetings should be moved to video conferencing except for emergency cases. In case of an emergency meeting, it should be held outdoors, the ministry said.

Uganda has started easing COVID-19 lockdown restrictions to save the country’s economy from collapsing, according to the authorities.

Public and private transport, shops, restaurants have been reopened. Wearing face masks is mandatory while in public. The country is maintaining a ban on public gatherings like political rallies, and worship centers are closed and a night curfew is in place.

The country’s border points are closed to international travelers except for cargo movement and humanitarian flights.

While the country is easing restrictions, COVID-19 cases are increasing, and the national tally is 646 COVID-19 cases, including 103 recoveries. No death has been registered, according to figures from the health authorities. Enditem

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