President Akufo-Addo finally eases restrictions on Cinemas/Theatres

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President Nana Akufo-Addo has finally lifted the ban on the operations of cinemas and theatres in the country.

This comes after months of engagement with stakeholders in the industry.

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For some months now, stakeholders in the movie industry especially filmmakers have been fighting for the opening of cinemas and theatres after it was closed down due to COVID-19.

The President in his last address to the nation on COVID-19 on May 16, 2021 indicated that the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) and Ghana Health Service (GHS) were in talks to finalize guidelines for the operations of cinemas and theatres.

 A document sighted by KwasiAboagyeLive.com tells that restrictions have been eased but it comes with some conditions by the government.

The document shows that operators of movie theatres have been told to apply for permit to operate under GTA.

It also tasked the operators granted permits to operate based on the agreed protocols.

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Guidelines

-Operator(s) would apply to the Ghana Tourism Authority for an operational permit with attached guidelines.

-Upon receipt of the application, a team of Inspectors would visit the Cinema/Theatre to assess compliance to the operational guidelines.

-Permits issued can be withdrawn as a result of non-compliance to the operational guidelines.

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