The Department of Trade and Industry has allowed cinemas to reopen starting March 5 subject to strict COVID-19 protocols. Movie houses in general community quarantine areas or GCQ can operate up to 25% capacity while cinemas in modified general community quarantine areas or MGCQ can operate up to 50% capacity, the DTI said in a memorandum circular.
Here are the rules for the reopening of cinemas:
1. Moviegoers should wear face masks at all times while inside the cinema.
2. No eating and drinking inside the cinema.
3. Employees and moviegoers need to scan the StaySafe PH QR code for contact tracing. For those without smartphones, manual contact tracing will be done.
4. Observe at least one-meter physical distancing on all sides.
5. Cinema operators must ensure that physical distancing is maintained in queuing areas. Operators are highly encouraged to maximize digital platforms for reservations.
6. For free seating, cinema staff should usher moviegoers to their seats to check physical distancing.
7. Private screenings are allowed as long as physical distancing and operational capacity requirements are met.
8. "One Way Traffic Flow" for entry and exit.
9. Indoor air ventilation should conform to applicable standards.
10. Cinemas should be disinfected every screening.
11. Moviegoers should remain seated and shall be prohibited to unnecessarily move around the venue.
12. Keep conversations at the barest minimum.
13. Keep cinema restrooms clean and free from trash.
14. Cinema employees should wear PPE, face masks, and face shields.
Aside from the mentioned rules, Trade Sec. Ramon Lopez on Tuesday told reportr that local government units can also add more health protocols and guidelines for the reopening of cinemas in their localities.