Cinemas take steps to remain open during COVID-19 outbreak

Cinemas take steps to remain open during COVID-19 outbreak

Cinemas across South Africa have announced they are adhering to government’s new regulations to stop the further spread of COVID-19.

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Cases in South Africa have soared above 200 and the restriction of gatherings over 100 people means the cinema business has had no other option but to conform. 

Commercial cinema houses like, Ster-Kinekor, NuMetro and CineCentre have confirmed that they have not shutdown their operations but are taking extra precautions to protect their customers against the virus.

“The Executive Committee and leadership team are encouraging social distancing inside the cinema, by ensuring that two seats be left empty between each booked pair of seats. In addition, cinema capacity for each show will be capped at 100,” Ster-Kinekor said in a statement.

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It says scheduled programming will continue. However, no shows will screen before 12pm or after 6pm.

NuMetro says it has retrained staff to do a regular deep-clean in all auditoria. 

“Our cineplexes are increasing the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting all high-touch-point areas throughout the day. Door handles, ticket counters, and service counters are being disinfected every 30 minutes during business hours.”

CineCentre has taken to their social media pages to reaffirm its patrons, that they will safeguard their health and well-being. 

“All cinema foyers are equipped with hand sanitizers,” a statement on Twitter read.

They will not be selling more than 100 tickets for a single show.

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