Elvis Ssekyanzi, the proprietor of Silk events, one of the biggest events service providers in the country, says that prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, he would get at least 15 books in a month. He, however, says that his sound equipment, tents and chairs are gathering dust in the store because of the suspension of major gatherings.
Major events service providers have had it rough
since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in March 2020. As a part of the
COVID-19 containment measures, the government suspended all kinds of social gatherings
and music concerts among other others.
Elvis Ssekyanzi, the proprietor of Silk events, one of the
biggest events service providers
in the country, says that prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, he would get at least 15 books in
a month. He, however, says that his sound equipment, tents and chairs are gathering dust in the store because of the
suspension of major gatherings.
According to Ssekyanzi, before the lockdown
he could supply more than 20,000 chairs at a single event, but now such
gatherings are restricted to only 20 people, which have locked them out of
business. He is worried that the government
may not lift the suspension of major events soon.
//Cue in: “nga tuyinza okola ….
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Mambo from O.J events based at Nurmack building in Kampala recounts that
prior to the COVID-19 related restrictions they used to have like four events on average each month. He, however, says that it currently
takes them two to three months to work on four events.
O.J events used to supply like 300 chairs at some functions but currently only supply
like 15 or 20 chairs, which isn’t profitable.
He revealed that they currently supply 50-seater tents to only 20 people who
are allowed at events.
//Cue in: "Mambo O.J events ….
Cue out: …. What we can afford,"//
Andrew Lyadda, who deals in printing invitation
cards for events and other
related services told URN that before he could print
like 1000 invitation cards for some events and nowadays only does between 20 and 30 cards.
The Nasser Road-based events service provider is puzzled because the
sellers of the papers used to print
the cards sell them in rims. He says that his employees who used to assemble machines and tents are wallowing in poverty since they haven’t worked in a
very long time.
//Cue in: " Twala nnyo mu mikolo ….
Cue out: …. Design ya card,"//
Dominic Mpagi, who runs a decoration shop says that prior to the COVID-19 era,
he could take up like four (4) events a month but currently gets one or two orders a month.
equatorial mall-based decorator told URN that it is next to impossible for events organizers to spend much on
decoration with only 20 people in attendance. He wants the government to lift
the suspension of public gatherings under strict observance of the Standard Operating Procedures.
//Cue in: "Amannya nze ….
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Derrick Mazinga, the proprietor of Delight
Décor used to work around 10 events each month. He, however,
says that currently only works around four
(4) events or even less.
The Nurmack building based events service
provider, says that due to the few numbers allowed to attend the events, their clients also want to spend little yet the services providers incur almost
the same costs like before.
cited an example of the décor they use on high
tables, saying it is not any different from what they used in the past.
//Cue in: "Amanya gange ….
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At Fotogenetic the marketing manager showed
URN on CCTV, trucks, tents and other items lying idle in the