Cinemas, swimming pools ready to re-open

Wani Roslan, Daniel Lim and Rokiah Mahmud

Cinemas and swimming pools countrywide, barred to the public following the COVID-19 outbreak, will re-open tomorrow.

Cinemas will allow 30 per cent of the seating capacity at a time while moviegoers are counting their fingers for the re-opening.

Syafiqah Ameerah Jeffree expressing excitement over the re-opening of the cinemas said. “Since the closure of cinemas, I have been watching movies via Netflix, Facebook and YouTube. Watching a movie at a cinema is still a main choice for entertainment.”

“Despite social distancing and the environment not being ‘normal’ like not having popcorn while watching the movie, the excitement is still there,” she said.

Moviegoer Hajah Yati binti Haji Jaini said, “I have been looking forward for this as I can’t travel and have to stay in the country due to the pandemic. Watching series on Netflix every day is one thing, but the cinema is something else.”

She said the watching experience might be different, however she is still eager to watch movies at the cinema.

A cinema staff prepares for re-opening. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR

Mohd Zulfadhli sharing his enthusiasm said, “When the cinemas open, it could be a little strange because we will not be able to sit together while food and drinks are not allowed. However, we have to get used to it and I am very excited with the re-opening and can’t wait to book the tickets.”

“Everyone is aware about the current situation and understands the reasons that we need to follow the guidelines and SOP set by the Ministry of Health (MoH). The reopening of cinemas is good news and I am looking forward to the reopening on Monday,” he added.All visitors to cinemas need to make online tickets reservation, scan code through the BruHealth app and are advised to wear face masks. Children below 15 years are not permitted entry while food and drinks are not allowed at cinema halls.

Meanwhile, the Times Cineplex at KB Sentral Shopping Centre has made a series of preparations for the reopening tomorrow.

Times Cineplex at KB Sentral also noted that the staff of the cinema will regularly disinfect the area in between each movie screening.

While a spokesperson for the cinema noted that despite it taking a while for a blockbuster movie to make a comeback due to COVID-19, they will continue to provide moviegoers the latest movies.

Meanwhile, swimming pools will resume operations tomorrow with 30 per cent of the normal capacity of not exceeding 50 people at one time.

Measures and guidelines outlined by the MoH and the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports (MCYS) need to be followed to ensure the safety and well-being of users.

Only those aged 15 and above will be allowed to use swimming pools while the pools will be open only three days a week.

For swimming pools under the MCYS, the operational hours will be every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. As for other swimming pools, the owners will decide the day and time of opening.

A person will be allowed only one hour with the operation time being 8am to 9am; 10am to 11 am; 1pm to 2pm; 3pm to 4pm and 5pm to 6pm.

Swimming pool owners have been reminded to ensure the chlorine level is according to the standard required by the MoH.

The public is advised not to use the facilities if they have fever while persons with flu symptoms will not be permitted to enter.

The public is also reminded to practise social distancing, self-hygiene and the need to comply with the advice and guideline issued by the ministries.

Under the ready preparedness level I, swimming pool facilities such as restaurants, cafeterias and canteens are allowed to operate with 90 per cent of the normal capacity, depending on the space of the area and the need to register at the entrance for contact tracing and scanning the BruHealth QR Code.

Contact activities are not permitted; swimming pool equipment should be cleaned and sanitised before and after usage while swimmers should bring their own towels and water bottles.

Locker and shower rooms can be used, physical contact is not allowed while all should abide by the signboards and posters on preventive measures for COVID-19.