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The Covid-19 coronavirus situation in Butare, Rwanda – updates and restrictions


Located in Rwanda, the city of Butare has a population of 50.2K. The latest data indicates 132,611 cases of Covid-19 infection in Rwanda as of November 13, 2022 ,with 1,467 deaths. This represents a 64 percent increase from August 8, 2021, when 890 people died and 76,091 cases were registered, and a 379 percent increase from March 30, 2021, when 306 people were died and 21,645 infected.
We will review in the table below the effects of Covid-19 on visitors and daily life in Butare.

Restriction Applied to Recent Update
Closing or restricting schools and universities

Students at colleges and universities

Schools in Butare are open and there are no disciplinary restrictions on learning in classrooms.

The closure of workplaces and the move to working from home

Workers in offices

All employers except essential ones (e.g. grocery stores, doctors) must close or permit working from home

Cancellation of public events and shows

50.2K residents who live in Butare

All public events must be cancelled

Restrictions on gatherings

50.2K residents who live in Butare

Limits on gatherings of ten or fewer people

Public transportation shuts down

People who use public transportation

Butare's authorities require that the public transportation system be closed or most citizens prohibited from using it

Order to stay at home or abstain from going out

50.2K residents who live in Butare

No order to remain at home in Butare

Movement restrictions between cities or regions

Intercity travelers

Unrestricted movement between cities and regions

Restrictions on international travel for foreign travelers

Foreign travelers

Foreign travelers are not subject to any restrictions

Governmental cash assistance for people without jobs or unable to work

Unemployed citizens

People with no jobs or who are unable to work will not receive income assistance

Financial obligations of households are being frozen (e.g., there is no repayment of loans, water services are not stopped, or evictions are prohibited)

Qualified households

No payment relief for debts or contracts

Campaigns aimed at informing the public

50.2K residents who live in Butare

A coordinated campaign to inform the public through traditional or social media

Government policy regarding access to PCR tests (not antibody tests for immunity)

Symptomatic individual

Open public testing available to people who are asymptomatic, e.g. drive through tests

In the case of a positive diagnosis, the government's contact-tracing policy

Diagnosed with a positive result

Each case is traced through a comprehensive contact tracing plan

Public spending to Covid-19 vaccine development

50.2K residents who live in Butare

Facial covering policies outside the home

People leaving the house

Mask not needed

Vaccine delivery policies for different groups

Different groups

Vaccines available to all

Policy for protecting the elderly in long-term care facilities and in their communities

Elderly people

No measures to protect the elderly



Changes in coronavirus status in the past few months



Restriction March 30, 2021 August 8, 2021

Closing or restricting schools and universities

Closure of schools or their alterations so the school operation differs significantly from standard non-Covid-19 operations

No Changes

The closure of workplaces and the move to working from home

Employers may close their offices, or require their employees to continue working from their houses in certain circumstances

No Changes

Cancellation of public events and shows

All public events must be cancelled

The Butare authorities recommend canceling public events

Restrictions on gatherings

Limits on gatherings of ten or fewer people

limiting gatherings between 11-100 people

Public transportation shuts down

The authorities recommend closing routes, reducing volumes, or reducing transportation methods

No Changes

Order to stay at home or abstain from going out

Require the individual to not leave the house, at the exception of daily exercise, grocery shopping, and essential trips

No Changes

Movement restrictions between cities or regions

Butare has internal movement restrictions

Unrestricted movement between cities and regions

Restrictions on international travel for foreign travelers

Quarantine arrivals into Butare from all, some, or most of the regions

No Changes

Governmental cash assistance for people without jobs or unable to work

Government replaces less than half of the lost salary or if it is a flat amount, it is less than half of the median salary

No Changes

Financial obligations of households are being frozen (e.g., there is no repayment of loans, water services are not stopped, or evictions are prohibited)

Provides extensive contract relief and debt relief

No Changes

Government policy regarding access to PCR tests (not antibody tests for immunity)

Conducting tests on any person showing symptoms of Covid-19

No Changes

Facial covering policies outside the home

Required in all shared or public spaces outside the home where other people are present or any other situation when social distancing isn't possible

No Changes

Vaccine delivery policies for different groups

Vaccines access to two of the following: key workers or elderly or clinically vulnerable groups

No Changes

Policy for protecting the elderly in long-term care facilities and in their communities

Recommendation for isolation, hygiene, and visitor restrictions for elderly people who reside in nursing homes

Some restrictions on external visitors and or restrictions protecting elderly people at home related to isolation, hygiene and security in LTCFs



*Credit and clarification: some of the data were collected from a variety of sources such as Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, And others. the data are for general information only, And we do not take responsibility for the use and accuracy of it. We wish you a safe and enjoyable trip!

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