Arts sector heeds new Covid-19 restrictions

by | Jun 14, 2021 | Entertainment | 0 comments


Nevanji Munyaradzi Chiondegwa

The new measures to curb a possible Covid-19 third wave announced on Saturday by Vice President and Health Minister (Rtd) General Constantino Chiwenga has led to the suspension of live events and activities in the arts sector.

The suspension was announced in a press release by the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) Acting Director J. Kusena today.
In the press statement, NACZ said, “The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe would like to advise stakeholders in the sector of the immediate suspension of the arts public performance in compliance with the statement, outlining renewed measures to curb surging Covod-19 cases in the country, issued by the Vice President of the Republic of Zimbabwe – Hon( Rtd) General Dr C.G.D.N. Chiwenga who is also the Minister of Health & Child Care.”

The statement further said, “The suspension which runs from Monday 14 June 2021 until further notice, signals the deferment of events that appeal to the general public to attend for consumption of cultural goods and services offered by the sector. All events which attract public gatherings are therefore suspended. NACZ encourages the sector to utilise digital alternatives to reaching out to the general public.”

The suspension does not include day-to-day office work by artists which shall adhere to the 8am to 5pm rule outlined in the new measures.
NACZ also encouraged all arts sector players to comply and give maximum support to the government and national efforts to contain the Covid-19 third wave currently on the rise in Zimbabwe.