Saturday, July 4

Movie theatre in Sibu waiting for SDMC’s nod for reopening


The social distancing markings for seats in the bigger watching movie hall at King’s Trioplex in Sarawak House Complex here in Sibu.

SIBU: King’s Trioplex, a movie theatre at Sarawak House Complex here, is waiting for the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) to give the nod for the reopening to the public.

The theatre’s manager Tang Chiok King said that even though the federal government had recently gave the green light for movie theatres to resume operation on July 1, his side would have to follow SDMC’s decision.

“Our preparation for operation resumption including the requirement of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) has almost been put in place,” he told the Borneo Post today.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob had announced on June 22 that cinemas, theatres and live event spaces would be allowed to reopen from July 1.

He had said this would only be for enclosed halls or spaces, adding that the maximum number of people allowed would be 250, subject to the size of the area.

He was quoted as saying at a press conference in Putrajaya: “If they can only fit fewer than 250 people with one metre social distancing, then it has to be fewer than 250 people.”

He also stated strict SOP must be adhered to, including marking seats to ensure social distancing and recording the temperatures of visitors.

Tang said his theatre has three watching movies halls – one with a seating capacity of 503 and the other two with a seating capacity of 171 seats each.

“With the SOP set, we will only limit about 75 persons for the bigger hall, whereas for the other two halls, about 30 persons each.

“We will take more precautionary steps to play extra safe by exceeding one metre social distancing between the seats,” he stated.

According to him, his theatre had stopped operations since the implementation of Movement Control Order on March 18.