Local cinemas to resume screenings on July 6

Lyna Mohamad

The public can watch movies at the cinema from July 6 following the reopening of the cinemas.

This was announced by Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong at the daily press conference yesterday.

The minister said based on the advice by the Ministry of Health in the implementation steps of the de-escalation plan, cinemas nationwide will be allowed to commence business beginning July 6.

Cinema halls can only allow for 30 per cent of the seating capacity at a time.

Cinema owners and operators must ensure employees always wear a face mask and ensure the seating and cinema hall area are sanitised. Employees who feel unwell are advised not to report to work.

Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong at the press conference yesterday. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR

Cinema owners and operators are required to attain the BruHealth QR code for the premises and place them at entry points for visitors to scan upon entry and exit.

Cinemas must ensure physical and social distancing measures are implemented such as distancing visitors at least two seats apart, to display notices on the maximum capacity of entry at a time at the appropriate place and provide hand sanitisers.

Cinema owners and operators found not complying with the regulations can face legal action under the Infectious Diseases Act Chapter 204.

Visitors must have the code provided through the BruHealth app prior to visiting the cinemas. Visitors with green and yellow codes are allowed entry. Visitors will be required to go through body temperature checks before entering the cinemas. Children aged 15 and below are not permitted.

Those who wish to visit a cinema must make reservations and purchase tickets online.

Visitors are advised to wear face masks.

Food and drinks are not allowed in the cinema hall. Those who have symptoms of infection are advised not to visit cinemas.