The Jakarta Post
Illustration of a movie cinema. (Shutterstock/Fer Gregory)
Major cinema chains are preparing for public reopening in compliance with “new normal” protocols later this month.
The Indonesian Cinema Owners Association (GPBSI) said in a statement on Tuesday that cinema chains affiliated with the organization – which include Cinema XXI, CGV Cinemas and Cinepolis – had agreed to resume operations on July 29.
“All cinema owners needed two to three weeks of preparation to implement health protocols,” the association stated.
Within that period, cinema chains are required to train their staff and coordinate with production houses regarding the implementation of new normal protocols.
“To that end, let us pray that preparations go smoothly, therefore enabling cinemas to resume operations and positively contribute to the creative economy, specifically the national film industry,” the statement said.
Cinema giants Cinema XXI and CGV have put operations on pause since April to comply with the government’s calls for physical distancing amid the COVID-19 epidemic, leaving new releases from major studios in limbo and theater staff in an indefinite furlough.
Prior to the closures, movie theaters were required to provide a one-seat gap between viewers, reduce capacity by 50 percent and also reduce the number of screenings each day.
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