Public Health Act
Public Health (Control of COVID-19) Rules, 2020
Statutory Instrument 83 of 2020
- Published in Government Gazette 39 on 26 June 2020
- Assented to on 24 June 2020
- Commenced on 23 June 2020
- [This is the version of this document from 22 July 2020.]
- [Amended by Public Health (Control of COVID-19) (Amendment) Rules, 2020 (Statutory Instrument 94 of 2020) on 22 July 2020]
1. Title and commencement
2. InterpretationIn these Rules—“local authority” means a local council as defined in the Local Governments Act;“market” means a market established by, maintained, managed or controlled by or for a local council under the Markets Act;“medical officer” means any registered medical practitioner in the employment of Government, but does not include a licensed medical practitioner;“medical officer of health” means the Director General of Health Services or any medical officer in the employment of Government and includes any member of the Government medical subordinate staff being a registered or licensed medical practitioner or other medical practitioner appointed by the Director General of Health Services to act as such in any district;“medical practitioner” means a person who is registered or licensed as such under any law in force in Uganda, governing the registration of medical practitioners;“motor car” means a motor vehicle, not being a motor cycle, which is constructed to carry not more than seven passengers, exclusive of the driver;“private omnibus” means a passenger vehicle, not being a public service vehicle, having sitting accommodation for more than seven passengers, excluding the driver;“public service vehicle” means a motor vehicle licensed to carry passengers for hire or reward.
Notification and treatment of COVID-19
3. Responsibility for notification of COVID-19
4. Medical officer of health and medical practitioner to notify
5. Powers for the control of COVID-19Where any case of COVID-19 is referred to a hospital, the medical officer of health shall immediately visit and inspect the premises where that person resides and may—
6. Power of search
7. Power of medical officer of health to disinfect premisesWhere a building or premises has clinical signs of contamination with COVID-19 or where a medical officer of health has information of contamination of a building or premises, the medical officer of health may decontaminate or cause the decontamination of the affected building or premises.
8. Escape from isolation or quarantine
9. Carriers of disease
10. Infected area
11. Disposal of bodiesThe bodies of all persons who die from COVID-19 shall be disposed of in conformity with the directions of a medical officer of health.
Control of certain activities etc
12. Imposition of curfew
13. Wearing of facial masksEvery person shall, at all times, while outside his or her place of residence, wear a facial mask.
14. Control of public gatherings, meetings, etc.
15. Conditions for use of motor vehicles and motor cycles
16. Prohibition of hawking, street vending and selling of nonfood items in markets
17. Offence and penaltyA person who contravenes or fails to comply with any rule for which a penalty is not specified, commits an offence and is liable, on conviction, to imprisonment for a period not exceeding two months.
18. Duration of RulesThese Rules shall expire on notification by the Minister.
19. Revocation of S.I. 52 and S.I. 55 of 2020The Public Health (Control of COVID-19) Rules, 2020, and the Public Health (Control of COVID-19) (No. 2) Rules, 2020, are revoked.
History of this document
22 July 2020 this version
24 June 2020
23 June 2020