Event Vendors Association of Ghana (EVAG) welcomes the ease of restrictions, which is paving the way for some social gathering activities to take place.
EVAG, which is the umbrella body for all event companies in the country, depends heavily on public or social activities for survival.
And so, the ease of restrictions, they say, will see their businesses coming back to live, albeit below their full capacity.
Covid-19 prevention measures
Due to the need to observe social distancing, which culminated into ban on public gatherings, many of these companies saw a blip on their businesses, as several events were cancelled.
This created some financial difficulties for players within the Event vending value chain.
However, thanks to the latest directive,, members of EVAG will now heave a sigh of relief.
President Akuffo-Addo, on Sunday, May 31, 2020, announced an easing of Covid-19 restrictions, which was imposed as part of measures to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
This covered conferences, weddings, workshops and restaurants providing seated services, with a caveat to adhere to strict social distancing and hygiene arrangements.
Speaking to Ghana Talks Business, on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, EVAG’s President, Kate Hassan, says her members are grateful to the President for granting them the opportunity to return to work.
“We are happy and grateful but at the same time we are also trying to be careful and make sure that our members and event stakeholders observe the necessary protocols”, she said.
Madam Kate added that although event attendance is now restricted to only 100 people, they will not worry their heads over it because it is better than the previous directive.
Consequently, she said they will manage with the 100 people and see how things will pan out for them.
” we can’t just get up and say we are doing events just like we used to, so definitely we need to start from somewhere.
“I think with the 100, we will test the waters to see how things are going to be because as Africans we can’t do without social gatherings”, she further added.
In any case, she said the decision to limit events to 100 people was part of a proposal they submitted to the presidency some weeks ago.
Kate Hassan further added that, further to the ease of Covid-19 restrictions, many of their members have started receiving calls from clients to organise events for them.
“We’ve gotten calls, we’ve started planning and even those who previously wanted more than a 100 are now scaling numbers down to 100 so they can do their events because some of them can no longer wait”, she said.
By Salifu B.B. Moro