Lift ban on cinema— Kofi Asamoah appeals to Akufo-Addo
Kofi Asamoah, a renowned movie producer has appealed to the government, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to open cinemas to enhance the work of creative art stakeholders especially those in the movie industry.
According to him, the culture of cinema may die out by the time coronavirus becomes history in the country.
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Speaking on United Showbiz on United Television (UTv), a private media house as monitored by Spot On News, Mr Asamoah explained that his call for the lift of the ban was as a result of how cinema work in sometime ago died off.
He said various movie stakeholders through their hard work revived the sector and it would be a great battle for those in the movie industry to revive it once again when it fades off.
Mr Asamoah indicated that the government has already lifted the ban on many industries, including education and organisation of conferences, thus expressed an urgent need for the president to consider the cinema sector.
“Parliament with about 275 members working in an enclosed space were not affected by the lock down but cinema which has a broad space with multiple exits are still locked up. I don’t see why the place Should be closed although the President said his action is backed by scientific data. Pubs are working, now there are even pressure on pubs, church is being organised even though members in church clap hands, dance, sweat and sing but a cinema that a person will sit with nose masks on without moving around or clap it is still locked up,” he cried.
Mr Asamoah noted that the movie industry already was facing challenges and it would be a heavy blow for the industry if ban on cinemas was still not lifted.
He called on President Akufo-Addo and health stakeholders to roll out measures that could be used to manage cinemas amidst covid-19 to protect patrons.
“I believe if the president and health stakeholders lift the ban and roll out measures for the sector, we could work together in ensuring public safety as they visit a cinema house,” Mr Asamoah added.