Dyaning Pangestika, Jakarta – The Jakarta administration and cinema owners are gearing up to reopen movie theaters soon after consulting with the COVID-19 task force, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said on Wednesday.
"We will prepare the complete regulation soon, which will include every aspect pertaining to health protocol implementation, following the [COVID-19] task force's recommendation," Anies said on Wednesday.
During a press conference aired on the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) YouTube channel, the task force's spokesman, Wiku Adisasmito, said there were several requirements for watching movies at the cinema.
These include being more than 12 year of age and below 60 years and being healthy. Visitors are also not allowed to enter cinemas if they have congenital diseases, and they will be required to implement health protocol at all times.
Cinema owners, meanwhile, are required to close arcade game facilities, check visitors' temperature at every entrance, and arranging different entrance and exit gates for visitors. Only 50 percent of the seats may be filled in cinemas.
Wiku also stated that tickets could only be purchased online and that visitors had to fill out a form with their personal details to allow the government to conduct tracing should a new transmission cluster appear. Visitors are only allowed to stay inside the cinema for up to 2 hours.
"Movie theaters are an important contribution to public [life] because people's immunity can increase if they are happy," Wiku said.