Level 1 will help arts, entertainment sectors to recover: Winde

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Western Cape Premier Alan Winde says President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that South Africa will be moving to level one of the lockdown with effect from Sunday at midnight will help arts, entertainment and tourism sectors to recover.

Restrictions on the number of people allowed at entertainment venues will be increased to 50% of venue capacity.

Winde was speaking during his weekly digital media briefing.

“We need to open up the economy … it [the opening of the economy] is really welcomed. I see now the International Film Festival in the garden route will definitely go ahead, because the increase in numbers of people outside venues as well as inside venues at 50% capacity enables so much more to be done.”

“Our entertainment industry can find ways in which they can also get back many of those jobs lost because of the numbers in venues and also outside venues,” adds Winde.

In the video below, cultural and creative industry of SA reacts to level 1 announcement:

Cape Town City Ballet has announced that it is going to retrench some of the company’s permanent dancers as a result of the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the arts and entertainment industry.

The company’s board says consultations with the performers are under way. The board says it was able to sustain them for five months of the lockdown without box office income.