dreamtreks · last modified: July, 05 2020 · 1 min read

The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has issued a statement indicating that all the savannah national parks are open for tourism after standard operating procedures (SOPs) have been put in place to avoid the spread of COVID-19 in the protected areas.

"All tourism activities within the protected areas shall be undertaken in a manner that ensures all guidelines of the ministry of health and the directives of His Excellency the President are adhered to"

the UWA statement said.

UWA however said primate parks mainly visited for gorilla trekking, chimpanze tracking, golden monkey tracking will remain closed to the public until further notice.

The conservation authority said there will be mandatory temperature screenings of tourists at all the key gates of the protected areas. Hand sanitizing and social distancing will be adhered to in vehicles and boats in the parks in conformance with government directives for vehicle carrying capacity.

Large groups exceeding 25 tourists shall not be permitted in the parks at the same time for the same activity, according to the UWA.

Although the parks are open, the country's borders, including Entebbe International Airport, remain closed as one of the government measures to avoid importing COVID-19 cases.