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Masks, 30% capacity: Coronavirus safety rules for Dubai cinemas as they reopen on May 27

Anamika Chatterjee/Dubai
Filed on May 26, 2020
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(Reuters file)

Dubai is set to reopen business activities on Wednesday.

Cinemas are among the recreational spaces that will reopen in Dubai from tomorrow (Wednesday, May 27). A stringent hygiene protocol has been set for cinema chains to reopen after two months.

Khaleej Times reached out to multiple cinema chains to understand the precautionary measures that will be in place for residents looking to go out for a movie night. Among the rules are mandatory masks for everyone and a social distancing of 2 metres at all times.

Also read: 'Ticket prices to remain the same'

Reel cinemas said they will be following these regulations:

General health and safety measures
* Temperature checks are required prior to entry
* Wearing a face mask is mandatory
* Hand sanitising using the sanitisers provided
* Online tickets purchase
* Social distancing of 2 metres
* Contactless payments are encouraged
* Social distancing maintained inside the theatre
* Families are allowed to sit together (a maximum of 4 people)
* Social distancing when queuing
* Age limits stated by authorities will be applied, and staff may need to verify the age by checking Emirates ID card
* Children under 12 and adults over 60 years old will not be admitted

Other precautionary measures:
* 30% in-cinema seating capacity
* Only disposable cutlery will be used
*Rigorous sanitisation routines will be implemented at all touchpoints
* For sanitisation and cleaning, materials which are approved by Dubai Municipality will be used
* Touchless sanitisers are placed around the cinema
* Staff will be wearing masks and gloves at all times
* Staff temperature will be checked regularly
* Staff will maintain a high level of personal hygiene

These movies will be shown on the reopening day:

The Invisible Man
Angrezi Medium
Bad Boys for Life

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