PICTORIAL: Kigali eases back to life

Movements of vehicles and people resumed on Monday May 4, as Rwanda partially lifted the lockdown, which was imposed on March 21 due to the outbreak of coronavirus. The lockdown halted business activity as the government carried out all possible efforts to control its spread. / Photo: Olivier Mugwiza.

Kigali city seemed to be back to normality on Monday May 4, after the coronavirus lockdown—imposed on March 21— was partially eased.  During the lockdown, Kigali appeared to be a ghost-like city, with deserted streets as nonessential services, including public transport were suspended.

Easing the lockdown is relief to some businesses and individuals whose activities were economically hurt by restrictions meant to contain the spread of coronavirus.


With the lockdown being eased, The New Times' photographers Craish Bahizi and Olivier Mugwiza captured some photos showing a city on a slow path back to normality.



Some members of the private sector resumed work. However, it is not clear when and how business will recover from the coronavirus induced losses.  /Photo by Craish Bahizi

Passengers respect social distancing directives as they wait for buses.

The morning traffic resumed at Kisementi in Remera. / Photo by Olivier Mugwiza

Members of the public wash their hands at a Bus Park as a precautionary measure to control the spread of coronavirus./ Photo by Craish Bahizi

Commuters aboard the Kigali Bus Services vehicle respect social distancing./ Photo by Olivier Mugwiza

Private cars parked at CHIC building in Kigali Central Business District. The image demonstrates businesses keen on recovering from a lockdown./ Photo by Craish Bahizi

Shops in Nyabugogo Bus Park reopened, reflecting that the hustle and bustle within Kigali is resuming albeit at a slow pace. / Photo by Craish Bahizi

Fruit and vegetable market vendors wear face masks and also keep social distancing as they wait for customers ./ Photo by Craish Bahizi


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