Presidential Task Force On COVID, Ghana Tourism Authority Engage Cinema Operators On Possible Reopening
It’s been a little over a year since the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo called for the closure of cinema houses and theatres as part of efforts to limit the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
Since then, cinema operators have had to wake up each day hoping the restrictions would be lifted since similar restrictions placed on other social activities have been eased up along the line.
However, this has not been the case leading to an outcry by industry people including film producers, actors, actresses and the general public. Well, there seems to be a possible reopening of cinemas in the country soon.
According to reliable information available to Ghana’s Hub For Pop Culture & Urban Entertainment News – www.nydjlive.com, there have been a number of engagements between cinema operators and a number of state agencies with the recent meeting attended by Dr Asamoah Baah and Dr Nsiah Asare of the Presidential Task Force, Officials of the Ministry of Tourism, officials of the Ghana Tourism Authority which is the regulatory agency for cinema houses and theatres and some key cinema operators in Ghana.
The meeting was to deliberate on protocols that could be put in place to enable the easing of restrictions in the film industry.
Sources at the meeting indicated that further engagements have been lined up and are confident that it will pave the way for the easing of some of the restrictions in the industry.
On April 28, 2021, during the launch of the Presidential Film pitch, President Nana Akufo-Addo announced that engagements were ongoing.
On Sunday, May 16, 2021, the President of Ghana reiterated his commitment to ensuring the safety of the citizens whilst engaging the right authorities on possibilities of a reopening of movie cinemas.
“We have also put in place the necessary protocols that have allowed us to return to churches, mosques, workplaces, markets, stadia, and to travel. Our ability, however, to congregate in closed spaces, like cinemas, theatres and nightclubs, remains restricted.
In a move towards the reopening of cinemas and theatres, Government has engaged cinema owners and operators on a set of protocols and guidelines that need to be put in place and implemented by all operators before eventual re-opening. In the coming weeks, the Ghana Health Service and the Ghana Tourism Authority will be announcing these protocols and mandatory modalities, and work with the operators on a set of directives that will ensure the health and safety of all patrons and staff in all the facilities involved.
I remain optimistic that we can return our lives to normal if we co-operate and work together. Let the reduced rate of infections not lull us into a false sense of security; let us continue to adhere to the safety protocols, i.e., the enhanced hygiene and mask-wearing protocols; let us take the vaccine when it gets to our turn, and let us continue to put our faith in Almighty God.
There is light at the end of the tunnel, our goal of zero active cases is in sight if we remain vigilant and steadfast.” he said.