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COVID-19: Cinemas can reopen from 13 July, hotels can apply to restart staycation bookings

A security guard seated inside The Cathay Cineplex seen in the early hours of 18 April 2020, Day 12 of the country's partial lockdown. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)A security guard seated inside The Cathay Cineplex seen in the early hours of 18 April 2020, Day 12 of the country's partial lockdown. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)
A security guard seated inside The Cathay Cineplex seen in the early hours of 18 April 2020, Day 12 of the country’s circuit breaker period. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)

SINGAPORE — Cinemas in Singapore will be allowed to reopen from 13 July, with safe distancing measures such as a maximum of 50 patrons per hall.

The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) said in an advisory on Friday (3 July) that up to five patrons (friends or family) are allowed to buy tickets to sit together without the one-metre distancing requirement. Different groups must comply with the one-metre safe distancing requirement.

All patrons must wear face masks at all times, even inside the cinema hall, except when consuming food and drinks. SafeEntry system and temperature screening must be in place before the cinemas can reopen.

The cinemas permitted to reopen are: Golden Village cinemas, Cathay Cineplexes, Shaw Theatres, Filmgarde, WE Cinema, The Projector, Eaglewing Cinematics, Carnival Cinemas and Salt Media@Capital Tower.

Cinemas have been closed in Singapore since 26 March as part of measures to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hotels can apply to be open for staycation bookings

Meanwhile, hotels in Singapore can apply to be open for staycation bookings, according to a Singapore Tourism Board (STB) advisory on Friday.

The advisory said that hotels may apply to resume two activities: providing accommodation to guests for the purpose of leisure, and opening their recreation areas for children.

Similar to the cinemas, the hotels will have to comply strictly with safe distancing measures. The measures include: limiting occupancy in accessible public spaces to no more than one person per 10 square metres at any point in time, staggering check-in and check-out timings, and screening every individual before he is being allowed into the building.

Also, all must wear a face mask within in the hotel, unless they are in their own rooms, eating, or engaging in strenuous exercise. No more than five guests will be allowed in each room.

The hotel must have rigorous cleaning and disinfecting regimes, as well as implement the SafeEntry system for every individual entering or leaving the hotel. It must identify hot spots amid its function areas where there may be potential bunching of visitors, and implement systems to prevent or disperse crowds.

Hotels which have been designated as government-contracted facilities for Covid-19 purposes, such as those housing individuals on Stay-Home Notice, would have to fulfil additional requirements.

These include: allocating all rooms occupied by such individuals at dedicated floors or blocks that are segregated from other guests, and displaying notices that the hotel is providing Covid-19 related accommodation.

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