Mbabane: The Government of Eswatini has announced the re-opening of selected Arts activities with effect from October 12, but under strict COVID-19 protocols.
Arts activities being reopened are those considered to pose minimal risk, namely; Theatre, Comedy, Poetry, Fashion shows, Choral Music, Small scale music concerts, small scale launches, Cinema houses, Museums & Art Galleries.
The conditions that these arts activities have to abide by include that:
• Any art/entertainment activity should be hosted in a venue that has applied for and received an Entertainment Activity Hosting Compliance Certificate from the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs through the Eswatini National Council of Arts and Culture (ENCAC).
• Host Artists and venues should appoint adequately trained Compliance Officers who will ensure that all participants are screened at entry; that the show duration is strictly two hours or less; that there are multiple sanitization and or hand washing points at the venue; that the two metre social distancing measure is observed and that face masks are worn appropriately and at all times during a show.
• Only the presale of tickets will be allowed and none at the venue. • Such gatherings should be held outdoors. Where not possible, then well ventilated indoor venues can be used.
• A maximum of 100 people can attend any given art/entertainment activity. 6 Government will regularly send inspectors to all sports and arts.
Premier said any sporting entity or artist and venue found not to be adhering to the laid down protocols will be banned from continuing with activities.