Kigali Car free Day returns after months of suspension because of coronavirus pandemic

Kigali Car Free Day returns after months of suspension caused by coronavirus pandemic, city residents were back in streets walking, running, and cycling for healthy life style, observing measures of coronavirus preventions.

People of all ages ushered into streets across Kigali as the Car Free Day returned on Sunday, September 20, 2020 following the Ministry of Sports’ announcement of last week.

The bi-monthly physical mass sports exercise was among Sports activities which were suspended in march to avoid the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic after the first case was reported in Rwanda the same month.

The Minister of Sports Munyangaju Aurore Mimosa, The Minister of Defence Major General Albert Murasira and City of Kigali Mayor Mayor Rubingisa Pudence were among the participants of Sunday’s Car Free Day, as a section of people excitedly departed from Amahoro National Stadium heading to Rwanda Revenue Authority’s headquarters, passing through Gishushu, Kigali Business Centre (KBC) and the Office of the Ombudsman.

In different areas of Three Districts made City Kigali, There was a remarkably big turn up at the mass sport as people were seen either walking, running, stretching or cycling across the streets. A two-meter-distance between a person and another was also respected.  

However, mass gatherings, which used to bring people together at each of the designated sites in Kigali, and voluntary medical testing sessions were not yet re-opened to avoid any form of contact that might spread coronavirus pandemic.

The Minister of Sports Munyangaju Aurore Mimosa said that resuming Car Free Day was an important decision taken to give people from across Kigali, and beyond, a room to keep fit but making sure that they comply with preventive measures against Covid-19.

 “Although the pandemic still exists, people need to work out which many Rwandans believe plays a big part of a healthy life because it contributes a lot in the prevention of some diseases caused by not exercising,” Munyangaju said.

“People are trying to respect guidelines in streets and we have young volunteers across streets who are making sure they are following the measures. But now everybody is concerned and it is the right time to tell people that even if you are exercising you need to take measures seriously,” she added.

The mass sport exercise looked like something new to some participants who revealed that they have been waiting for it for a long time, one of participants said,

“Bringing the Car Free Day was a good decision which I am sure will benefit our health,”

Since car free days were introduced in 2016 organizers say it has become a highly anticipated recreational event.