Show begins for cinemas but seating guidelines a mystery

Cinema operators welcome the government’s decision allowing them to resume operations but are still waiting for guidelines on the seating arrangements.

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, had during his press briefing this afternoon, announced cinemas would open their doors starting July 1.

MBO Cinema’s chief operating officer Cheah Chun Wai said: “We are ready to open. Our crew has been cleaning our cinemas three times a week.

“We will follow all the SOPs – recording the patrons’ details, taking temperature and sanitising the seats.

“We, however, are unsure how the seating would be. Since the government announced it today, I expect to receive the SOPs in a day or two.”

GSC Cinema public relations and branding manager Sharmine Ishak said the company welcomes the announcement as it has been eagerly waiting to resume operations.

“Our crew has been consistently cleaning and sanitising the cinema halls in anticipation of the reopening. The public can be assured everything is disinfected,” said Sharmine.

“What we know is that we can have a maximum of 250 patrons per hall … if we can practise physical distancing.

“How the seating arrangements will be is still subject to the SOPs. We have been following how restaurants have arranged their seating. We are discussing how best we can accommodate the patrons.”

The SOP of wearing face masks in the hall would be difficult for those wearing spectacles as the lenses would fog up.

Meanwhile, TGV Cinema’s brand and communications assistant manager Cora Lee added the company is also awaiting the seating guidelines.

“We have been ready to open for a long time. The only thing we are unsure of is the seating arrangements,” Lee said.

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