This week, the government of Uganda, our program’s host country, announced tighter restrictions on travelers from certain countries classified as “high-risk”, including mandatory institutional quarantine, and rigorous screening for all other international travelers. Locally, starting yesterday, 20 March 2020, the government imposed a ban on public gatherings: religious, academic, economic, political, and social alike at least for the next 32 days, to be reviewed depending on how the COVID-19 situation unfolds worldwide.
Granted, a lot could improve in a short time reversing the status quo, it is fewer than three months to the start of AC1. So even if the situation of COVID-19 were to ease up, its impact could last long enough to make AC1 in June 2020 practically impossible.
Therefore, as the iDELTA leadership, we feel painfully obliged to provisionally move AC1 to Aug-Sept 2020. We hope that this would allow a bit more time for the best or worst of the COVID-19 situation to unravel. If things only get worse, we’ll be forced to reschedule for next year. We’ll keep monitoring the situation and should have a firm position communicated to you before the end of June 2020.
We very much apologize for the inconvenience this change will pose. We call you all to more prayer but also to more precaution for the safety of yourselves and those under your care as we keep the divine hope in the God of the impossible to normalize things very soon.