Gaborone – Botswana this week announced an easing of restrictions on the entertainment and arts sector, with several cultural and leisure venues getting the greenlight to open doors to the public.
Director of Health Services in the Health and Wellness Ministry, Dr Malaki Tshipayagae said President Mokgweetsi Masisi had authorised the reopening of theaters and amphitheatres, art galleries, halls and conference facilities, cinemas and recording studios.
The government also said venues hosting the activities of drama clubs, disc jockeys, jazz musicians, poets, comedians, and group that perform choral and traditional song, as well as dance groups, would also be opened.
However, venues would only be opened upon satisfying the Health Services Directorate that they could comply with regulations designed to control the spread of COVID-19.
Among the regulations are that no venue may hold more than 75 people (excluding the performers); soap, water and sanitisers must be available; and that that people wear masks. Social distancing requirements mandating 2m spacing between individuals must also be observed.
Body temperatures should also be checked and venues must break off all activities for 30 minutes every two hours to allow for ventilation of the place.
Dr Tshipayagae said the authorities would close any venue where a risk of infection was suspected.
“An arts and entertainment facility host, for purposes of contact tracing, must maintain a register containing the personal details and contact details of all persons accessing the premises and the register referred to shall be open for inspection by the Director of Health Services for the purposes of contact tracing and shall be open for inspection by a law enforcement officer for investigation for an offence under the (health) Regulation,” added Dr Tshipayagae