The impact of COVID 19 is being felt the world over. Even if you’re living in a country currently not in lockdown mode, your daily habits have changed.

Social distancing is something else, eh?

There are currently 902 confirmed cases of COVID19 in Uganda. Many are from people held in institutional quarantine. Some are from their community contacts. Since our borders have been closed to people for over 12 weeks, the largest demographic tested are cargo truck drivers coming in from other East African countries. In fact, almost all the new cases from the last few weeks came from this source. Health care workers are also beginning to test positive.

There is now community transmission of COVID19 in Uganda in a number of border districts. There is significant community transmission in Kenya, Tanzania, and South Sudan. Cargo drivers hailing from those countries that test positive for COVID19 at our border points are handed over to their home countries for treatment. Infected Ugandan drivers are placed in immediate quarantine and treated, alongside any Ugandan contacts.

Our government is aggressively and proactively protecting our people through travel restrictions and wide-ranging, community-based hygiene programs. Limited food aid has been provided by government. It’s now mandatory to wear face masks when out and about.

And we at The Real Uganda are fully behind all its efforts.

The Real Uganda has postponed all volunteer programs until at least July 15th, 2020. We shall evaluate the global situation again at that time. Any volunteer who has paid a deposit, will not lose their placement. We still want you, its just that even if you, as a well-meaning volunteer, come from a country of low risk for COVID19, we cannot risk the tiny chance you could carry the virus here – and pass it to the vulnerable people with which we work.

Besides, our borders are closed to people until further notice.

We are doing our part to keep the novel CoronaVirus from spreading in Uganda for as long as possible.

The Real Uganda offers 2 – 12 week locally-led communty-based volunteer programs.

There wouldn’t be much work for you to do anyway.

As of March 20, 2020 our President, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, has closed all schools and religious services, and banned public and cultural gatherings for at least 30 days. Mass weddings and funerals have also been disallowed.

As of March 22, 2020 Uganda’s airport and all land borders are closed to passenger travel.

As of March 25, 2020 all public transportation, including buses, taxis, trains, and boda bodas are prohibited. Further, only food items are to be sold in the markets. This is meant to aid in social distancing, which our president has re-named “anti-social distancing”.

As of March 30, 2020 all private passenger travel is banned. Only government, army, police and other essential personnel are allowed to use private vehicles. Regular Ugandans can walk or cycle to the market and or pharmacies. Permission to use private vehicles for emergencies (child birth, medical emergencies) must be individually sought through District governments. This is meant to stop people from illegally offering their private vehicles as public transport and to stop all upcountry travel (and possible viral spread).

As of April 1, 2020 all shops except those selling food and medicine are closed. Factories remain open if employers provide camp-style accommodation for their employees. Market vendors can continue if they agree to sleep at work. There is to be no movement or mixing of people.

As of April 1, 2020 Uganda is under a 7pm to 6:30am curfew. No movement of people. Cargo and essential workers are exempt from this.

As of April 8, 2020 boda boda and bicycle riders are banned from operating after 2pm.

As of May 5, 2020 boda boda and bicycle riders are allowed to operate until 5pm. Some business closures have been eased, such as insurance companies and auto garages.

As of May 26, 2020 private passenger vehicles are allowed to move with no more than 3 people inside. All passengers must wear face masks. The 7pm curfew remains in effect.

As of June 4, 2020 public passenger vehicles (buses and taxis) are allowed to move with half capacity. All passengers must sanitize hands before entering and wear a face mask throughout their journey.

As of June 22, 2020 private vehicles may carry up to 4 people, including the driver. All other directives remain unchanged until further notice.

As of June 24, 2020 repatriation flights for diaspora Ugandans are landing at Entebbe International Airport. Ugandans living in Sudan, Southern Africa, Afghanistan, United States are among the first to land. They shall undergo 2 weeks of mandatory institutional quarantine.

So far we have 847 recoveries and no deaths. Still, we are all hunkering down for the time being. Yes, people are finding it hard to survive without working. Yes, people are upset that our new cases are coming from outside the country. Yet we’re respecting our leadership and waiting to see what happens…

This page is being updated weekly – It is up to date as of July 1, 2020.

For timely updates on what’s happening in Uganda regarding the pandemic, please follow our Ministry of Health on twitter: @MinofHealthUG. Why not follow me too? @therealuganda.

No time to volunteer? The Real Uganda leads 7 day Culture-Adventure Tours.

We do understand that all of you in self and enforced isolation out there are spending a TONNE of time online these days. And it’s likely that future travel is on your mind.

We’re happy to help you plan your volunteering program in Uganda while we wait out the pandemic. All our partners are eagerly awaiting the return of international volunteers – hopefully come July.

Uganda is an amazing place to spend some time. Why not fill in the box below and we’ll send you some information about our volunteer programs in Uganda – to get you in the mood… We can’t wait to meet you.

Now go and wash your hands (and stop touching your face)!

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