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COVID-19 Brunei: Cinemas re-open after three months (2020)


Photo above shows moviegoers in a cinema. PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR


BY Syazwani Hj Rosli

Cinemas in Brunei reopened their doors for the first time after three months on Monday.

Manager of The Mall Cineplex Mohd Faiq Ikhwan bin Mohd Som said that the number of visitors was quite encouraging.

“It is the weekdays, so the number of customers is still low. However, we are expecting more this coming weekend. We are still at the recovering stage, Insya Allah, the number will slowly increase,” he said.

Mohd Faiq Ikhwan said as part of safety guidelines, moviegoers are required to wear face masks throughout the movie. Temperature checks are also conducted before entering the cinema halls and hand sanitisers are also provided.

He said guests are encouraged to reserve and purchase tickets online as the seating capacity is limited. Seats are arranged to follow the physical distancing guideline set by the authority. Eating and drinking are not allowed.

In an interview, Hasyimah binti Haji Latif, one of the first few moviegoers on Monday, shared her relief to finally be able to watch movies at cinemas.

“It feels great but at the same time, I am on guard and cautious of my surroundings. I encourage others to do the same. Wear face mask and observe social distancing to contain the spread of COVID-19,” she said.

Another moviegoer Morgan, a college student who went to watch a movie with his friends, said, “It feels weird though to watch a movie with your friends with two seats apart.”

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin


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