President Yoweri Museveni has announced that Saturday, August 29, has been declared a public holiday in Uganda. The President stated that he had declared the public holiday in order to facilitate a national day of prayer in response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, and urged people in the country to remain at home on Saturday.
Uganda has seen a significant increase in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, with the highest daily increase of 308 new cases being recorded on Sunday, August 23. As of Thursday, August 27, Ugandan health officials have confirmed 2524 COVID-19 cases and 26 associated deaths.
It is currently unclear whether the August 29 public holiday will be enforced and businesses ordered to close, but disruptions to business operations and services are likely on the day.
Those in Uganda should anticipate disruptions to business operations and services on Saturday and consider minimizing public activities during the holiday.
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