The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) would like to advise stakeholders that the Government has approved the partial re-opening up of low-risk sectors of the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) in line with Public Health (COVID-19 Prevention, Containment and Treatment) (National Lockdown) (Consolidation and Amendment) Order SI 200/2020.The NACZ would like to thank all the stakeholders including the Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation, The National Arts Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ), Ministry of Health and Child Care, and the various players and captains of industry in the sector for their input in coming up with the Standard Operating Procedures to guide the reopening of the sector.It is important to emphasise from the onset that players in the identified low-risk sectors seeking to reopen under the relaxed measures will have to APPLY for permission from the NACZ andthey will ONLY be allowed to resume operations if council is satisfied that they are able to adhere strictly to set COVID19 transmission prevention protocols and the Standard OperatingProcedures (SOPs).
As the sector is celebrating the relaxation of the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions which have seen the CCIs dormant for the past 6 months, NACZ would like to encourage players in the sector to take advantage of the relaxation of the lockdown conditions to go back to their creative spaces and engage in serious production for the sector to recover some of the opportunities lost due to the corona virus epidemic.
After successfully lobbying for the sector’s reopening, the NACZ implores industry players to put the health of practitioners and consumers of CCI products at the forefront of their operations to avoid the sector become a vector in the transmission of the deadly virus. In this regards the NACZ encourages artistes to establish and adhere to the set COVID-19 prevention protocols and Standard Operating Procedures at all times as they reopen their creative spaces.
NACZ would therefore like to announce that the following low-risk sectors have been cleared to resume their operations with immediate effect.
Exhibitions in Galleries and Museums
Book launches Film production
Training Centres cum Schools of Arts
Arts and Culture Centres
Visual Art Studios
Music Recording studios
Drive-In Cinema Studio recording for online publication
Theatre Houses for Drama, Dance, Movies and Spoken Word
To maintain the low-risk status of the above-mentioned spaces, the government has approved Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the players to adhere to covering the following areas:
Sanitization at the entrance at entry and exit points
Wearing of face masks and shield by patrons and staff
Register of all attendees for particular events.
Social distancing in set up and activities
Sanitization of physical objects/equipment within Arts spaces
Fumigation of premises before and after usage
Audiences to conform to the 100 allowed for gatherings
Selling of tickets in advance to control numbers
Sale of alcohol at the venues
Staff regular health checks for the testing of COVID-19
The immediate closure of an arts space in case of COVID-19 cases detection
NACZ is thus ceased with the task of ensuring and monitoring that the reopening of CCI spaces adhere to the set SOPs.
I would also like to advise members of the general public and patrons of CCIs that COVID-19 is still in our midst. Let’s all play our part to prevent the resurgence of local transmission cases with the reopening of the sector. Reckless and wanton behaviour will not benefit the CCI sector as COVID-19 spreads easily in areas of irresponsibility.As we enjoy the return of some of our beloved products, let us continue to maintain social distancing and practice basic hygiene to protect ourselves and our favourite producers of arts products from the Corona virus.
16th October 2020