The Ministry Of Health has come out to quash a statement from the Uganda National Cultural Forum that concerts were allowed to resume with a maximum of 200 revelers and strict adherence to the SOPs.
The statement circulated in the late morning hours of Wednesday morning. It was welcomed with mixed feelings – with many questioning the timing while others jubilating that their favorite hangouts and performers would be performing for them.
The Ministry of Health would like to state that entertainment centers or concerts have NOT BEEN OPENED as is being portrayed in sections of the media. All bars, night clubs, and discotheques remain closed.Ministry Of health statement
The timing was suspect as Uganda has just been battling a rough international scandal where Nigerian artistes Omah Lay and Tems were apprehended by security agencies after voiding the government SOPs and performing to Ugandans. The said concert was at Ddungu Resort in Munyonyo, organized by Kasana Events. The artists and organizers have all since been released, and charges dropped.
“As indicated by the Ministry of Health in a statement read on 9 November 2020, under entertainment, ONLY cinemas were permitted to open on 14 November 2020 provided persons maintain a 2-meter distance in all directions and adhere to all COVID-19 preventive measures.”
The country has seen an upward surge in Coronavirus positive cases and deaths in recent weeks, with the current number of cases counting at 28,168 and 225 deaths as of Tuesday 16th December 2020.