Nearly 9 months after the announcement of the lockdown, the government has apparently lifted the ban on the arts and culture sector, allowing music concerts and performances to resume effective Saturday, 19th December 2020.
The concerts will resume, but the government argues strict guidelines and the ministry of health SOPs must be sternly adhered to if these events are to go ahead as planned. The concerts will be allowed to go on from 7 am to 7 pm.
The resumption comes after a tumultuous weekend capped by an international incident where Nigerian entertainers Omah Lay and Tems were apprehended by security agencies in line with neglected and disregarding the Ministry of Health SOPs and going ahead with a music concert at Ddungu Resort in Munyonyo.
The two have since been released, and charges dropped, welcomes to the Nigerian High Commission in Kampala, and gladly put on a flight back to their West African native. This event caused a lot of back and forth between Nigerians and Ugandans on social media and got the attention of international media.
According to NBS TV’s Canary Mugume, events promoters who lost revenue during this lockdown with their events canceled have also been given shs.1.2 billion through the ministry of gender to try and alleviate the damage.
This also comes at a time when the number of positive cases in the country is on a meteoric rise.