The Delta State government has announced the reopening of Cinemas, film Houses, eateries, and hotel restaurants after months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This announcement was made by the Delta state Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu. According his statement, cinemas and hotel restaurants however must operate at 50 percent capacity and should ensure that all COVID-19 guidelines by the NCDC are observed.
The commissioner stated that cinema halls are to be constantly fumigated and that sanitizing or washing of hands of persons coming into the theatre houses, are to be strictly adhered to.
Read his statement below;
“Recall that in our last press briefing, we mentioned that churches and worship centres can now hold more than one service, that still remains, but today we are announcing further relaxation of the COVID-19 protocol and that is to the effect that owners of movies and cinema houses can now operate.
“But they can only do so at 50 percent capacity, in which case they are not going to fill everywhere. For instance if a movie theatre is supposed to take 50 persons, they should organize it such that it will take 25 persons at a time.
“They must constantly fumigate the halls, just as they must also observe all the important protocols that we have reeled out in the past, that is sanitizing or washing of hands of persons coming into the theatre houses, and of course wearing of face mask is compulsory for everybody going to access such movie houses.
“For some of the places where people go to relax, what is important is that they must observe all the preventive protocols but we haven’t taken decisions as to lounges and bars.”
Clubs and lounges are however to remain closed until government devises how they can be reopened without increasing the spread of COVID-19.