Upon Metro Manila’s downgrading to Alert Level 3 on October 16 up to the end of the month, guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) allow more establishments, businesses and services to open gradually.
Moviehouses, theaters, theme parks, libraries, museums, and event venues for gatherings such as weddings and parties, will be allowed for the first time in more than a year at 30% capacity for fully vaccinated individuals.
However, outdoor dining or seating is allowed up to 50% capacity.
In the case of cinemas, interior and local government undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said that there would be empty seats between each moviegoer once these open.
The cinema industry, particularly its operators, are pleased with this development and have crafted protocols to ensure the safety of customers.
“Kapag nagbukas po tayo dapat one seat apart muna, tapos the whole time na nanonood ng sine naka-mask ‘yung mga nanonood,” said Cinema Exhibitor Association of the Philippines President Charmaine Bauzon. “Tapos wala munang kakain.”
Under Alert Level 3, establishment employees must also be fully jabbed. Cinema staff will also be required to observe minimum health protocols like hand washing.
Meanwhile, unvaccinated persons will be allowed to enjoy the same benefits open only to fully inoculated persons under Alert Level 4, such as indoor dining and entering salons and barbershops.
There are also no more restrictions based on age except those imposed by the local government.
Photo: Philippine Star