Govt Planning To Prohibit Planned Kariba Beach Party – Report

The government is reportedly planning to pull the plug on a beach party-branded Kariba Summer Cruise and Beach Party set to take place in Kariba between 25 and 26 September using the card that the government has not yet reopened the arts and entertainment industry, the Daily News reports.

Speaking to the publication, director of Arts, Culture Promotion and Development in the ministry of Arts, Biggie Samwanda said it will be illegal to hold such an event during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic:

As far as I know, arts activities have not yet been allowed to take place in the country due to Covid-19 pandemic. The government is yet to open the sector to the public
While National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) communication and marketing manager Rodney Ruwende said the sector is still closed:
The sector remains closed. No arts activities are allowed to take place in the country unless they are held digitally. Yes, we understand that some artists are facing survival challenges due to Covid-19 but we encourage them to be patient and do the right thing of adhering to the Covid-19 regulations. We want to see their status in terms of registrations with the council.
However, one of the organisers Cynthia Njagu said the tourism ministry gave them the go-ahead to hold the 2-day event:
The event has been approved by the ministry of Tourism. We have agreed that it will be held in line with the Covid-19 regulations. We will enforce mandatory Covid-19 testing at the entrance, no mask no entry, all the rooms will be fumigated and sanitisers will be in plenty supply.
The event will see heavyweight DJs like MC Abisha Palmer, MC Bigdollar, MC Iroq, DJ Candyman, DJ Youngfresh, DJ Andie Browns, DJ Professor, DJ FreeB and Selecta Odza entertaining guests and it is targeting 200 guests who will pay anything between $100 and $150 to attend the party.

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