Ongha Annual Festival has not been postponed or cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic; organizers say the event will still take place but under strict measures.
Many public events are already being cancelled, but Ongha Annual Festival is going on as scheduled. Organizers of this event are moving ahead despite uncertainty surrounding the immediate future of large live events, however, Covid-19 preventive measures will be a priority for this event.
The event which is scheduled for the 18th to the 20th of December this year at Putukeni Park in Ongha will still take place but this time, Covid-19 preventive measures will apply. The event organizers have now turned to physical distancing and other risk-mitigation efforts like masks and face shields to ensure that everyone is protected.
Biashara newspaper spoke to one of the event organizers, Ismael Autanga who said that they will take measures to prevent the location from becoming too crowded following the rise in Covid-19 cases in recent months. Autanga added that this year’s event will only accompany a maximum of hundred people. Gates will open at 10 AM and close at 10 PM.
“It’s sad because when you’ve been doing it for so long, (the pandemic) has just changed the game,” Autanga said. “But, I feel like we can still manage the event as long as we stick to 100 people, people sanitize their hands and wear masks all the time. You know, it’s hard to stop an event which is within five, four or two days, however, you can stop the venue from having too many people come in and be very strict on the preventive measures to ensure everybody’s safety,” he added.
The Ongha Annual Festival is an event that brings exhibitors from different sectors together to sell, showcase and meet with customers while allowing the public to gain valuable information on the latest trends and technologies in manufacturing, automation, sustainability, and other needs.
Autanga said that an attendance register will be kept to ensure contact tracing, hand sanitizers will be used and exhibitors will be far from each other to ensure that the social distancing rule applies.