The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) would like to advise players in the Cultural and Creative Sector (CCS) in Zimbabwe to abide by the extra measures announced by His Excellency the President Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa to deal with the new COVID-19 variant.
By Nicholas Moyo, Director _ National Arts Council of Zimbabwe
Cognisant of the threat posed by the new Omicron variant, NACZ urges sector players to guard against complacency and adhere to the additional restrictions as espoused by his Excellency regarding the following:
(a) Number of People in CCS spaces-The owners of venues MUST ensure that the number of people and their behaviour should comply with the World Health Organisation (WHO) protocols of masking, social distancing and sanitizing.
(b) Vaccinated Patrons-Owners of CCS venues MUST ensure that only vaccinated patrons are allowed into their premises for shows, performances, exhibitions etc. (c) Foreign Artists-All foreign Artists coming into Zimbabwe MUST undergo PCR testing and will be quarantined for days recommended by the WHO, even if they present negative PCR test results from elsewhere.
(d) Curfew Period-All shows, performances MUST end one (1) hour before the start of the curfew period or at 2000 hours. This is to give ample time for patrons to travel to their respective places of residence before the start of the curfew period at 2100 hours.
Meanwhile, all clearance letters already issued for shows shall be subject to the above enhanced protocols and promoters should stand guided.
The NACZ implores players in the sector to take heed of the new enhanced restrictions and enforce them accordingly at their venues and shows so that their operations do not impede on the government’s effort of reducing the spread of the deadly disease.
The NACZ will also keep on engaging the government to ensure that the COVID-19 restriction measures do not work against the positive strides taken to re-open the sector which is still reeling from the effects of the different lockdown regimes implemented over the past two years to curb the spread of the Coronavirus disease.