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Government Reopens Music Concerts with Tight Restrictions

Government is finally allowing musicians and players in the arts and culture sector to resume operations after a 9 months ban.

Ahead of the festive season, music shows which have been banned since March because of Covid19, will be allowed but with strict guidelines.

The new development was announced Wednesday by Mr. Sam Okello Kelo, the Chairperson Board of Trustees of the Uganda National Cultural Centre.

Okello told reporters at the Uganda Media Center that the reopening of music concerts followed intense deliberations between industry players and officials at the Ministry of Health as well as the National Covid19 taskforce.

Among the guildlines to be followed Okello said, is that all shows will be conducted outdoors.

“All artists and concert organizers are advised to go to the National Theater where the SOPs have been published or check the UNCC website before organizing a show” he said.

“We must abide by the SOPs and be careful with what we might put our country through.”

And while it took so long for government to allow the artists to return to work, Okello said this was understandable.

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“Our sector took a bit long because of obvious reasons. You know that for us it is all about crowds; we had to be opened at the last stage,” he said.

“So when the Cinemas were opened recently, there was lack of clarity if we took could resume and so we went to ministry and the task force to get clarification.”

The development comes on the heels of the rekindled debate on banning music shows, which recently culminated in the arrest of two Nigerian singers Stanley Omah Didia, alias Omah Lay, and Temilade Openiyi, alias Tems,who held an illegal concert last weekend.

 

 

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