SA cinemas preparing to reopen under strict safety protocols

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Cinemas set to reopen in Level 3 lockdown.
Cinemas set to reopen in Level 3 lockdown.
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  • President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that cinemas will be allowed to reopen during lockdown Level 3.
  • Nu Metro cinemas said in a statement that they look forward to sharing the magic of movies with fans.
  • They are currently engaging with competitors on a co-ordinated industry opening.
  • Ster-Kinekor said in statement that they are waiting for the government gazette to get clarity on safety protocols.
  • Some of the measures that will be implemented include regulating seating and strict hygiene practices.

UPDATE - 19 June, 09:50

Ster-Kinekor said in a statement to Channel24 that they 'are fortunate and grateful to have a government like ours that welcomed our engagement and considered our input on behalf of the industry.'

"At this stage we are awaiting the government gazette in order to get clarity regarding the applicable social distancing and health and safety protocols including issues like the permitted number of guests per show."

They added: "We believe that cinemas are uniquely positioned to adapt to Covid-19 as we are naturally geared for the management and flow of cinemagoers – we can regulate seating and manage social distancing both in our cinemas as well as in the foyers. We will ensure stringent hygiene protocols are in place and we have contactless booking and payment via our website or App."



Movie fans will soon be able to experience the magic of the big screen again after cinemas were closed three months ago due to the national lockdown.

During an address on Wednesday President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that cinemas would be allowed to reopen during lockdown Level 3.

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Nu Metro cinemas is looking forward to welcoming back patrons and said in a statement to Channel24 that they "join the local industry in celebrating the thrilling news that cinemas can again reopen."

The cinema chain said that it is currently collaborating with competitors on a co-ordinated industry opening.

"The nature of the engagement is currently a work-in-progress. Details of how cinemas would be able to reopen form part of the discussion process.

"We will confirm our plans once government has approved the date on which we can reopen, including the required directives on safety and other protocols for effective compliance as part of the risk-based approach to limit the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic."

Some of the measures that they plan to implement include: extensive social distancing in cinemas and foyer space, limited seating capacity, online ticket sales, access to hand sanitiser, disinfecting high-touch point areas, nightly deep-cleaning, wearing of masks and other PPEs and training staff in health, hygiene and other preventative protocols.

More details about the reopening and the health and safety protocols will be announced at a later stage.

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