Ever since the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus a few months back, several activities have since been affected with major sports and entertainment events suspended or postponed indefinably.
Some have even gone ahead to scrap or cancel completely events that attract massive crowds as it has been discovered that big gatherings are the main avenues through which the COVID-19 is spread.
And following the above developments, President Yoweri Museveni has since last week been issuing guidelines on how to combat the virus and especially measures that minimize crowds to avoid the sfast spread of the virus. Among which have been the banning of gatherings and consequent postponement of all major events in the country for 32 days.
The president has also advised massed to self isolate of heed to what is referred to as social isolation where people are advised to stay home and avoid crowded places like markets. Schools have also since been closed with children sent home with immediate effect since last week.
This has since rendered many people jobless, idle or just redundant as they have been staying holed up at home. The president also advised people to work from home with exception of few class of workers like factory worker, bankers and those dealing in food and essentials.
And the above prevailing circumstances have since called on many people across the African continent to adjust to new ways of living and working with many now deciding to spend more time at home with their loved ones
This has also prompted some entities to adjust accordingly like MultiChoice Group has promised to support its customers with the best available programming to keep families informed and entertained during this challenging period.
They have done this by is not only expanding content offering for news, but there will also be having more kids shows, movies and curated sports content.
“In light of the disruptions to the school year in Uganda, we are also working to provide access to the best available educational content, to help keep young minds stimulated and engaged,” said Hassan Saleh, the MultiChoice Uganda Managing Director.
Some of the children’s programs include educational programs include Mindset, DaVinci, BPS and Cartoon Network among others spread across different channels.
They have also acquired “the best award-winning sport documentaries from around the globe, and produced thematic channels for sports fans to relive the greatest sporting moments of all time”.
There will be sports documentaries on SS1, then SS7 will showcase Motorsport action while SS4 will showcase past WWE in addition to the news channels like CNN, African News and BBC News that will keep the views informed and entertained.
“We are taking great care for our staff and have put in place all precautionary measures to ensure their safety,” Saleh adds. “In light of this we have advised our customers that there may be a delay in our ability to attend to customer queries. However, we have a number of self-service and online platforms available, and we will do our best to sort out any issues they may have, timeously.”
The self-service platforms for Uganda include the MyDStv and MyGOtv apps, WhatsApp, and by using the USSD Code *206# for any inquires.