Covid-19: South Africa reopens cinemas, galleries, others, moves to level 3 alert

Posted: July 9, 2020 in general
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south africaSouth Africa has approved the re-opening of cinemas, theatres, museums, libraries, galleries and archives shut down to contain the spread of the Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic in the country.

Making the announcement, Tuesday, Minister Nathi Mthethwa said the decision is in compliance with measures to prevent and combat the spread of Covid-19 based on “27 (2) of the Disaster Management Act 2002 (Act no. 57 of 2002).”

According to the minister, the approval comes after consultation with the cabinet member responsible for health.

“Cinemas, theatres and arts and cultural spaces overall may operate, provided that only 50 people or less are allowed, in compliance with health safety protocols,” the minister directed.

Other directions by Mthethwa include; the limitation of operating hours, as per the amended standard operational procedure, the provision of limited service and limited contact, a limitation on the number of people visiting a space at any given time; but to mention a few.

“It is important to note that all arts and cultural institutions must submit their plans to the Minister in writing, in accordance with the outlined processes and protocols, within 14 days of the publication of these Directions,” said the minister.

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