Rwanda bans the wearing of masks in public spaces

Rwanda bans the wearing of masks in public spaces
Rwanda bans the wearing of masks in public spaces

Published on : 05/14/2022 – 10:10Modified : 05/14/2022 – 10:08

Kigali (AFP) – Rwanda has removed the requirement to wear face masks in public space as the country eases its strict measures which were intended to fight the pandemic.

The country has been among the fastest in Africa to vaccinate its population against Covid-19, and around a third of its 13 million inhabitants have already received booster doses of the vaccine.

“The wearing of face masks is no longer compulsory. However, people are encouraged to wear masks indoors,” said a statement issued Friday evening by the Prime Minister’s Office.

“Citizens and residents of Rwanda must be fully immunized to access public places (including public transport). Being fully immunized means having two doses and a booster when eligible,” the statement said.

Rwandan authorities have also announced that travelers will no longer have to take PCR tests, but will be able to undergo antigen tests instead before their trip and after arriving in the country.

Rwanda has implemented a rigorous testing and contact tracing regime, recording 1,459 Covid-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

© 2022 AFP

The article is in French

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