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COVID-19: Sports, exercise activities allowed to resume in Rwanda

Rwandan Ministry of Sports on Monday allowed the resumption of all sports and exercise activities both in outdoor public places…

Rwandan Ministry of Sports on Monday allowed the resumption of all sports and exercise activities both in outdoor public places and stadium almost after they were suspended following COVID-19 outbreak in March this year.The ministry also urged all the  citizens to strictly follow the health guidelines by wearing masks,  keeping social distancing and keeping sports and exercise venues clean  in an effort to stem the COVID-19 transmission.

Individuals with  symptoms such as  flu, cold, fever, cough, sneezing, headache are not  allowed to practice sports or physical exercises in Public but rather  consult health services, the statement said.

All sporting  activities – training, competitions and events – in the country were  suspended on March 15 as the government imposed a strict lockdown to  curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

But, since last month, a number of non-contact sports such as tennis, athletics and golf were allowed to start training.

In  addition, owners of private sports facilities that host the sports  activities were also requested to submit a request for resumption of  activities highlighting training calendars and health safety measures to  be complied to.

To ensure health safety, athletes must wear  face-masks before and after their exercise sessions, and should always  carry hand sanitizers and use them whenever necessary, it said.