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Cinemas, museums reopening in South Africa: Here’s what we know

Posted by Afika Peters

The Ministry of Sports, Artis and Culture, manned by Minister Nathi Mthethwa, issued a directive for the reopening of cinemas, theatres, museums and other arts and culture spaces.

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South Africa still suffers from escalating coronavirus (Covid-19) infections, four months after the deadly pathogen first breached our shores.

Based on figures released by the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD), total Covid-19 infections — in the last 24 hours — soured to 287 624 with 93 casualties, taking the death toll to 4 172.

The National Covid-19 Command Council (NCCC), headed by President Cyril Ramaphosa, has reacted to the surge in infections by replacing the ban on commercial liquor sales and reinstituted the night-time curfew.

Reopening of cinemas and museums in SA: Here’s everything we know

However, the show must go on and on Tuesday, Minister Mthethwa issued a statement which confirmed the gazetting of amendments which will essentially allow the cautionary reopening of cinemas, museums and other arts and culture spaces.

We took a closer look at the Government Gazette issue that was published on Monday 6 July 2020 and this is everything we’ve surmised from it.

The following places will be reopened:

  • libraries;
  • archives;
  • museums; and
  • cinemas (as well as art galleries)

The reopening of these gathering spaces will be subjected to “strict health protocols and social distancing.”

These are the 10 most important rules:

  1. Premises must limit operating hours to coincide with current curfew hours which start at 21:00 and end the next morning at 04:00
  2. Sufficient hand sanitisers must be made available
  3. Social distancing between audiences, visitors and staff must be upheld wherever possible, Minimum space between people should be 1.5 meters (arm’s length)
  4. Wearing a cloth mask at all times by all, when entering and inside the place or premises whenever possible, is mandatory.
  5. Masks may only be removed while eating or drinking.
  6. Businesses must use contactless payments and pre-booking where possible and staff members must use sanitizer after the exchange of cash.
  7. Premises must be decontaminated before opening, and before and after use.
  8. There can be no more than 50 people, excluding staff members, in a single venue, at a time.
  9. Common areas-toilets, door handles and shared equipment must be regularly cleaned and sanitised frequently; throughout the day.
  10. Every person entering the place or premises must be subjected to temperature screening.

More information concerning the dates of reopening will be communicated at a later stage.