Cinemas remain closed - President Akufo-Addo

President Nana Akufo-Addo has disclosed that his government is working towards the reopening of cinemas in Ghana, but, for now, they remain closed.

Yvonne Nelson and Nana Addo

Filmmakers and actor have vented their spleen on social media in the last few weeks following the reopening of both public and private schools. Most believe cinemas should be reopened the same way schools were reopened.

But in his 25th state of the nation address on Sunday, May 16, he said he has engaged ‘cinema owners and operators on a set of protocols and guidelines' that will ensure a safe re-opening of all cinemas in the country.

“In a move towards the re-opening of cinemas and theatres,” the President said, “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 eventual re-opening.”

He indicated that the Ghana Health Service and the Ghana Tourism Authority will collaborate to announce protocols and mandatory modalities to ‘ensure the health and safety of all patrons and staff in all the facilities involved.’

“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.”

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