Cinemas open in San Juan City under Alert Level 2

Published November 10, 2021, 11:52 AM

by Patrick Garcia

One of the biggest malls in San Juan City has reopened its cinemas after the National Capital Region (NCR) was placed under Alert Level 2 due to the declining number of COVID-19 cases and the high vaccination rate in the region.

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San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora led the inspection of cinemas in the city starting with the Greenhills Promenade Cinema.

Zamora inspected the health and safety protocols of the cinema such as the disinfection process of the establishment and the procedure of buying the tickets, which can be done before entry to the cinema or online, new seating arrangements with strict physical distancing, and the guidelines of actual movie viewing under the new normal.

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“I know how Filipinos miss watching movies in silver screens which have been shut down for almost two years due to the pandemic, but now the long wait is over. With the approval of the IATF, we are allowing the opening of our cinemas in the city, provided that we take extra care and observe stringent protocols as we are still facing threats of COVID-19 despite the easing of restrictions to Alert Level 2,” Zamora said.

“I want to personally make sure that our cinemas in San Juan will be safe for all of us, not only for the moviegoers but for the employees of these establishments as well,” he added.

During Alert Level 2, the operational capacity of several businesses has been increased to accommodate more customers. It has also eased down quarantine restrictions in various indoor establishments and recreational venues including movie houses and cinemas.

Under the Inter Agency Task Force (IATF) guidelines, cinemas can accommodate up to 50 percent of its maximum venue capacity, but only those who are fully vaccinated will be allowed entry into the cinemas.

“The re-opening of cinemas and other recreational establishments is another indication that we are slowly taking our lives back. However, we have to implement precautionary measures and adhere to the protocols set by the IATF and DOH because everything is now under a “new normal” set up,” Zamora said.