Although it was announced on September 7th that cinemas in Malaysia can reopen in all states starting on September 9th for those who are fully vaccinated, most cinema operators have announced that they will be delaying the opening to prepare and comply with the updated SOPs.
Among these enhanced SOPs included restricting entry only to fully-vaccinated staff and guests aged 18 and above, enhanced food safety management, operating contactless ticket sales, as well as active monitoring of safety satisfaction scores.
On Sept 7, Ismail Sabri announced that cinemas would be allowed to operate at 50% capacity for fully vaccinated individuals effective Sept 9. This was confirmed when GSC Cinemas posted on its Instagram that it will not be opening its halls on Sept 9.
However, on 16th September the main two cinema operators in Malaysia officially reopened some of their outlets with TGV Cinemas opening their doors at selected locations specially for their MovieClub members to watch Godzilla Vs Kong or Mortal Kombat for free.
The good news is that both GSC Cinemas and TGV Cinemas will continue reopening more locations on 23rd September and will see a gradual reopening of all their other outlets nationwide.
There are at least two big titles movie fans can look forward to watching in September – the 25th James Bond movie, No Time To Die, as well as DC Universe’s The Suicide Squad. Both of which are tentatively set to open at cinemas in Malaysia on Sept 30.
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