The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) has declared that the government intends to relax restrictions on cinemas and theaters that have been shuttered for almost a year.
The GTA noted in a news release issued by its CEO, Akwasi Agyeman, that the decision to lift the limitations was reached after discussions with the Ghana Health Service, the National Covid-19 task force, and other stakeholders.
Owners of cinemas and theaters must apply for operational authorization with the GTA before they would open their doors, according to the statement.
Mr. Agyeman continued, “This permit will be awarded when a team of inspectors has evaluated the facility and is satisfied that safeguards have been put in place to ensure compliance with the Covid-19 safety guidelines.”
He replied, “Kindly note that once obtained, the permission can be revoked due to non-compliance with operational guidelines.”
This comes after a number of industry players, particularly filmmakers, raised alarm about the ongoing closure of cinemas and theaters, which has left them impoverished.
Meanwhile, Silverbird Cinemas Ghana has claimed that it lost almost $2 million in income as a result of the pandemic.
The facility’s Business Manager reported that they had to lay off over 300 employees as a result of the closure, which lasted over 15 months.
He revealed this in an interview with JoyNews’ Mapitso Sebidi for a documentary about cinema closures.