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Movie Lovers Rejoice: Indonesian Cinemas Partially Re-Opening

NEWS | 28 October 2020

After resorting to watching films at home for months, movielovers in Indonesia are finally able to go back to their routine of going to the movies as major cinema operators in the country have resumed operations after closing for seven months.

Jakarta is currently undergoing the second phase of transitional Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB Transisi) until November 8, during which movie theatres are allowed to reopen but only using 25 percent of their seating capacity.

If you live in Jakarta and are planning to go to the movies, your experience will be notably different from the pre-pandemic days. A number of regulations are now imposed in CGV and XXI (only for certain cities) theatres under the Government regulation and strict supervision, including 25 percent capacity limit and standard COVID-19 health protocols such as temperature check and hand sanitizer usage at the entrance, obligatory face masks, online ticketing purchase, no food and beverage consumption inside the theater, keeping 1 meter distance from other visitors and QR code scanning for contact tracing. If your body temperature is above 37.3 degrees celsius, you will be refused from entry.

But for those who love the movies and for those who just need a break for the seemingly endless WFH routines, this is a most welcome change .

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