The issue on cinema closures is beyond comprehension-Sedufia

Award-winning movie director, Peter Sedufia says it is beyond comprehension for cinemas to remain closed despite the easing of restrictions announced by the president on Sunday.

He could not understand why restrictions were eased why cinemas being part of these directives.

Reacting to the decision to ease the restrictions for churches, the movie director said it would have been best for the restriction to have been lifted completely, or not at all.

In his view, churches will incur more cost in running services per the directive given to them by the president.

”The same electricity would be used, same equipment, same staff, and same cost of running a service. Imagine the cost of running a service is Ghc 2,000. Multiplied by 5 services equals Ghc 10,000. Oh, this is minus church maintenance cost by the way. So, while the church spent less to run a service of mass congregants before COVID 19, now, they’ll spend more to run services of very low congregants in sessions. In effect, easing of the restriction on their activity would only inquire them excruciating cost,” he wrote in a Facebook post.

He, however, promised to react extensively on why cinemas have been asked to remain closed.

Read his full post below

A church of 2,000 congregants…

25% of that is 500 congregants. Maximum attendance of 100 people would give you 5 services. (NB: Some churches have 5,000+ congregants but let’s base on 2,000).

The same electricity would be used, same equipment, same staff, and same cost of running a service. Imagine the cost of running a service is Ghc 2,000.

Multiplied by 5 services equals Ghc 10,000. Oh, this is minus church maintenance cost by the way. So, while the church spent less to run a service of mass congregants before COVID 19, now, they’ll spend more to run services of very low congregants in sessions. In effect, easing of the restriction on their activity would only inquire them excruciating cost.

I’d have wished their restriction was lifted completely, or, not at all.

The issue on cinema closures is beyond comprehension. But, I’ll leave that for later.

By: Rashid Obodai Provencal

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