The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has disclosed that the Ghana Health Service (GHS), and the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA), will in the coming weeks announce the modalities for the re-opening of cinemas.
He said the protocols are critical to ensuring the safety of patrons and all involved in the industry.
President Akufo-Addo stated that the operators of cinemas would have to comply fully with the agreed modalities and protocols before the industry will be reopened.
“In a move towards the reopening of cinemas and theatres, the 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 the 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.”
President Akufo-Addo said this when he addressed the nation on Sunday, May 16, 2021, on the management of the outbreak in the country.
Nana Akufo-Addo had assured filmmakers that their call on the government to consider reopening cinemas in the wake of the COVID-19-induced restrictions, was under consideration.
During the media launch of the Presidential Film Pitch Series at the Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, President Akufo-Addo said that the filmmakers will hear from the COVID-19 taskforce soon.
“I want to proclaim on a matter of great concern, that the opening of cinemas is under constant review by the COVID-19 taskforce. And hopefully, you’ll hear from the taskforce soon,” he said.