Taguig LGU issues reminders on cinema health, safety protocols

Published November 11, 2021, 2:03 PM

by Jonathan Hicap

The Taguig City government has issued reminders on health and safety protocols as cinemas and movie houses reopened in Metro Manila and in the provinces.

Taguig Mayor Lino Cayetano, Chairman Benhur Abalos Jr. of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and Charmaine Bauzon, president of the Cinema Exhibitors Association of the Philippines (CEAP) inspected the Central Square Cinema in Bonifacio Global City on Nov. 11.

Taguig Mayor Lino Cayetano (left) and MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos Jr. in the Central Square Cinema in Bonifacio Global City on Nov. 10 (Facebook / Benhur Abalos)

“Today signals the opening of cinemas in the NCR. Watched the movie ‘Dune’ with Mayor Lino Cayetano and Ayala Cinemas head Charmaine Bauzon and other officials at the Bonifacio High Street Cinema. Felt very comfortable & safe, knowing that the cinema adhered to all the safety protocols of IATF [Inter-Agency Task Force] & DTI [Department of Trade and Industry], while enjoying a good quality movie,” Abalos posted on Facebook.

The IATF allowed the reopening of cinemas and movie houses in areas under Alert Levels 2 and 3.

Under Alert Level 2, a maximum of 50 percent indoor venue capacity for fully vaccinated individuals and those below 18 years of age, even if unvaccinated, is allowed while in Alert Level 3, a maximum of 30 percent indoor venue capacity for fully vaccinated individuals only is allowed. The National Capital Region is now under Alert Level 2.

Here are important reminders in watching movies in Taguig, according to the Taguig Safe City Task Force:

– Indoor cinemas may open at 50 percent seating capacity for fully-vaccinated individuals and minors.

– All cinema employees must be vaccinated

– Only fully-vaccinated adults and minors are allowed in indoor cinemas

– Valid proof of vaccination must be presented and contact tracing forms must be filled-out upon entry

– Face masks and face shields must be worn upon entry

– Face shields may only be removed during the movie proper

– Customers must be seated one (1) meter apart in all directions

– Minimum Public Health Standards (MPHS) video is encouraged to be played before the start of the movie

– No eating or drinking inside the cinema

– Drinking of water may be allowed in consideration of possible emergencies and other health risks

– Regular sanitation must be done after every screening