The coronavirus is already a pandemic, as stated by the World Health Organization (WHO), and in various parts of the world the health emergency was announced as a prevention and to prevent the virus from spreading further.
In Argentina, preventive measures are to avoid contact with persons who have traveled to Europe, the United States, Japan, China and South Korea; and that they respect the mandatory quarantine, that is, to stay in their homes for a fortnight.
Argentine Cinemas ? Photo: Instagram @cinesargentinos
After three cases of local transmission of the COVID19 virus were confirmed, the Government announced a series of measures to try to control its expansion: “strengthen ingesting health controls in all incomes to Argentina (…) and be very strict in people’s movements at the borders,” and that people who do not respect isolation “will have criminal responsibilities.” In the Missions and Jujuy provinces, classes have already been canceled. In the country, dozens of shows and sporting events of international reach were rescheduled. And in this sense, cinemas communicated how they will be handled around the coronavirus.
Cinemark Hoyts Communiqué Photo: Instagram @cinemarkhoyts
From multiple cinema chains such as (among others, such as Village cinemas and Multiplex) Cinemark and Hoyts – according to their social networks and website – implemented a series of security measures, reinforcing the hygiene protocol in their rooms, based on the official information of the Ministry of Health of the Nation.In this sense, they open their doors with the following measures:
“The occupancy capacity of the room is reduced by 50%, so that 200 people are not exceeded per room. Seats with interspersed locations can only be purchased, leaving a free space between them.”
Gel alcohol will be supplied in public and private spaces.
“The frequency of cleaning and disinfection will be increased, both in rooms, ticket offices, Candy, projection rooms and bathrooms, as well as the constant review of surfaces such as counters, doors, doorknobs and seats”.
The staff will be trained to follow the hygiene and safety protocol. And for those will be available “Exceptional License” for health prevention in case of travel abroad
“If you recently came back from the outside, stay at home for the next 14 days. If you have symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, call 107. If you feel bad, we ask you to refrain from coming to the movies.”
“Wash your hands or use gel alcohol to sanitize them when you arrive at the cinema and when you leave the room. Avoid touching your face. If you sneeze or cough, cover your nose and mouth with the inner crease of your elbow or use a disposable handkerchief.”
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