Gatherings during Car Free Day suspended amid coronavirus fears

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The City of Kigali on Monday announced indefinite suspension on gatherings during sporting activities that are normally done during Car Free Day, amid growing fears of coronavirus spread.

The sports activities would go on as it has been on car free days but gatherings where people used to meet for aerobics or gym are banned as part of measures to prevent coronavirus, a statement from City of Kigali said.

Gatherings during sporting activities are now prohibited as each individual participant will do it independently.

Urging the public to be vigilant and ensure hygiene, authorities also warned participants in the sporting activities against handshakes and hugs.

The latest announcement came a day after the City of Kigali authorities cancelled music concerts which had been planned this past weekend.
Rwanda has put in place preparedness and response mechanisms to deal with a possible outbreak of coronavirus.

A statement from the prime minister’s office last week said the Rwandan Ministry of Health and other relevant institutions will continue to work on adequate strategies in the prevention and fight against this epidemic.

The Government has set up a multidisciplinary team to assess and strengthen preparedness and response to the epidemic.

Since 2016, the City of Kigali, together with Rwanda Biomedical Centre partnered to promote Car-Free Day during which streets are closed to drivers in a bid to promote a healthy lifestyle for Rwandans.

About 40,000 people gather in different sites twice every month with an average of 5,000 people per site at a given time.

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