The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) has stated that the government intends to ease 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 restriction was reached after discussions with the Ghana Health Service, the National Covid-19 taskforce, and other stakeholders.
Owners of cinemas and theaters must apply for an operational authorization with the GTA before they can open their doors, according to the statement.
“This permit will be issued after a team of inspectors have assessed the facility and satisficed themselves that measures have been put in place to ensure compliance with the Covid-19 safety protocols,” Mr Agyeman added.
“Kindly note that the permit once issued can be withdrawn as a result of non compliance with operational guidelines,” he wrote.
This comes after a number of industry players, particularly filmmakers, expressed worry 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.