Good times roll in Eswatini

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Cape Town – The government of Eswatini has given the entertainment sector the go ahead to reopen leisure venues and resume activities, albeit within the bounds of COVID-19 health regulations.

Prime Minister Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini last week also said owners of venues would need to get certification to reopen.

“Arts activities being reopened are those considered to pose minimal risk, namely; theatre, comedy, poetry, fashion shows, small-scale choral music, small scale music concerts, small scale launches, cinema houses, museums and art galleries,” the premier said.

He said any art or entertainment activities should be hosted in venues that had received an Entertainment Activity Hosting Compliance Certificate from the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs through the Eswatini National Council of Arts and Culture (ENCAC).

Further, the venues should have adequately trained compliance officers to ensure all patrons were screened at entry, and that shows should last a maximum of two hours. Hand-washing/sanitisation, PM Dlamini said, should be enforced along with social distancing and wearing of face masks.

The government has also said tickets to events can only be issued as pre-sales, and that shows must be held outdoors or in well-ventilated settings. A maximum of 100 people will be permitted at an event.

The Prime Minister said the government would conduct unannounced compliance checks.

“Any artist and venue found not to be adhering to the laid down protocols will be banned from continuing with activities,” said PM Dlamini warned.

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