19 April 2020 – Compulsory use of face masks in public, lockdown measures extended to 30 April

Type of Intervention: Executive Order
Sectors Involved: Executive Office, Health, Private Sector and Businesses, Civil Defence
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: The government of Rwanda

Overview: On April 19, the Rwandan Ministry of Health confirmed 143 cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda.
On April 19, the government of Rwanda announced that face masks must be worn in public and in multi-family compounds.
On April 17, the government of Rwanda announced an extension of existing measures designed to slow the spread of COVID-19 until April 30. Unnecessary movements outside the house are not permitted. All employees should work from home, except for those providing essential services. Travel between different cities and districts is not permitted. Shops and markets are closed, except for those selling food, medicine, hygiene and cleaning products, fuel, and other essential goods. All bars are closed. All restaurants and cafes may only provide take away service. Schools, universities, and places of worship are closed. Borders are closed, except for cargo, goods, and returning Rwandans and Rwandan permanent residents. Rwandan citizens and residents returning to the country are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated locations.Government of Rwanda Requires Face Masks Be Worn in Public
Full details here: https://rw.usembassy.gov/health-alert-covid-19-information/

Type of Justification: Advice of EXTERNAL expert advisor or advisory committee
Source of Evidence or Justification: World Health Organisation
Evidence/Justification: The Center for Disease Control also now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings, particularly where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. This updated recommendation is based on recent studies that have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms