NATIONWIDE PROHIBITION ON NON-ESSENTIAL MOVEMENT
The notice institutes a complete ban on individuals' movement from their homes, except for essential services, for an initial 14-day period. (See primary source or citation here)
The first confirmed case was reported on March 14, 2020. Rwanda is currently experiencing a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases. The government has implemented a range of containment measures in response to the pandemic including border closure, suspension of domestic travel, cancellation of public gatherings, institution of teleworking, closure of schools, places of worship and non-essential businesses, and mandatory wearing of face masks.
Reopening of the economy. A gradual easing of lockdown measures was introduced on May 4, with selected businesses allowed to resume operations while adhering to health guidelines. Domestic movement restrictions were partially relaxed but strict physical distancing measures mandated in public buses. Bars and schools remain closed. Steps to reopen the economy include the lifting of restrictions on interprovincial travel, with motorcycle taxis permitted to resume transportation of passengers except in a few areas under lockdown, the reopening of places of worship, and the resumption of selected outdoor sports activities and charter flights. Commercial flights resumed on August 1. Following a hike in infections in Kigali, two major markets were closed for 14 days, public transportation between the capital and other districts prohibited, the nighttime curfew temporarily lengthened, and public offices mandated to work at a further reduced capacity to reinforce social distancing. While a phase of accelerated reopening followed progress in containing the virus, including a gradual reopening of schools, the recent spike in infections has urged the government to reverse previously eased restrictions by tightening movement restrictions, banning social gatherings, limiting office operations and conference activity, and closing recreation facilities. A second wave of infections in January 2021 led to the imposition of a 3-week lockdown in Kigali. A gradual lifting of restrictions is currently underway, with businesses resuming operations and schools reopening. The national vaccination campaign was launched on February 14 with a target of reaching 60 percent of the population by end-June 2022.