Tourism is open again!
Uganda Wildlife Authority has announced the reopening of all National Parks and protected areas including the Apes and Primates National parks like Kibale, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and Mt. Mgahinga parks that had remained closed to tourism in July when others opened.
After consulting various stakeholders, Standard Operating Procedures to contain the possible spread of COVID-19 have been put in place.
The Uganda Wildlife Authority Statement reads partly that
‘All tourism activities within these protected areas shall be undertaken in a manner that ensures that all guidelines set by the Ministry of Health the directives of His Excellency the President are adhered to. These include but are not limited to;
- i) Mandatory temperature screening using non-contact infrared thermometers at the key gates of the different protected areas.
- ii) Mandatory hand washing/sanitizing at the entrances of all UWA premises and protected areas.
iii) Wearing a face mask while in the protected areas.
- iv) Observing social distancing
- v) All tourists going for primate tracking activities should carry at least two (2) N95 masks, surgical masks, or double-layered cloth masks with filters.
- vi) Government guidelines for carrying half the capacity number of passengers in order to observe social distancing shall apply when using vehicles and boats within the park. These include concessionaire and delivery vehicles.
vii) Saloon car vehicles shall not be permitted to carry out game drive activities in the protected areas.
viii) Visitors going to the parks are encouraged to carry their own hand sanitizers.
Staff on duty shall sensitize the visitors on the general government-approved COVID-19 operational guidelines included the ones developed and approved by UWA management. UWA has trained its staff and provided them with appropriate wear to protect themselves and visitors from any possible infections. All visitors into the protected areas are advised to take personal precautions to prevent the spread of the Corona Virus.’ Ends the statement signed off by Bashir Hangi, Communication Manager.