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Strict regulations enforced amid reopening of Phnom Penh cinemas

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Curtains were pulled back over the weekend as cinemas across Phnom Penh resumed operations after months of virus-induced closure.

Despite the good news, the long-awaited reopening came with caveats as strict health and safety measures were ushered in to mitigate risks of transmission.

Ny Daranornn, marketing manager of Legend Cinema, said: “Obviously, we cannot say that the number of cinema-goers is the same as before because we are obliged to follow the safety standards set by the Ministry of Health. Not only did we limit the seating capacity in the cinema [by half], we also reduced the overall number of screenings, with an hour interval for every screening to give us time to clean and sanitise the theatres.”

“We are also adhering strictly with the three primary measures as instructed by the Health Ministry. First, a temperature check on each customer will be conducted at the front door, with those registering temperatures above 37.5 degrees Celsius prohibited from entering. Second, everyone is required to spray their hands with alcohol or sanitisers. Lastly, everyone is required to wear protective masks,” added Daranornn.

For seating regulations, he said, customers can only go in pairs or solo, with those in groups divided into pairs. Customers who are alone will be seated separately and will not be paired with anyone. Two seats will also be left empty for every occupied seat in lieu of the 1.5-metre social distancing guide, which will then be enforced in queues for tickets and food and drinks.

Daranornn said in light of the pandemic, free masks will also be given out to customers.

A staff member, who declined to be named, from Major Cineplex’ Aeon I Mall branch told Khmer Times yesterday that free masks are likewise distributed to their customers.

She added: “During this period, we will be screening old movies accompanied with promotions. We are looking into screening new releases as well.”

While cinema houses in the capital have resumed business, those in the provinces have not received the greenlight, still awaiting standard operating procedures to be issued by the Ministry of Health.


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