MOVIE lovers are in for a dry season after local cinema house Ster-Kinekor Zimbabwe closed doors as a precaution to the coronavirus epidemic which recently claimed the life of media personality — Zororo Makamba.
The closure of Ster-Kinekor Zimbabwe followed the recent ban on entertainment and recreational activities as well as the prohibition of gatherings in nightclubs, bars, beerhalls, movie houses, swimming pools, gymnasium and sporting activities.
This comes as the deadly virus has so far killed over 18 000 people and infected in excess of 425 000 people globally.
Ster-Kinekor Zimbabwe announced on Tuesday it had shut its doors in compliance with the government directive.
"In light with the latest government guidance and as a sensible precaution, we (Ster-Kinekor Zimbabwe) will be shutting down operations with immediate effect. Communication as to when normalcy will be restored will be done via our social media platforms," they said in a statement.
The Ster-Kinekor Zimbabwe closure has forced the postponement of the premiere of the Gonarezhou the Movie which was recently crowned the Best First Feature Narrative at the Pan African Film Festival (Paff) in Los Angeles.
Last Monday a number of upmarket clubs such as Evitro Lounge and Bar in Belgravia, Maestro in Chisipite, Bar Rogue at Longcheng Plaza, Pabloz Club and VIP and Dreams Night Life announced that they were shutting operations until further notice in compliance with the government ban on recreational and entertainment activities.
Though a few downtown entertainment venues recently advertised midweek musical shows despite the threat of the virus and the government ban, most clubs have heeded the call to temporarily shut down operations.