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Cinemas, gyms allowed to reopen under strict guidelines

Jun 09. 2020
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By The Nation

In line with the third phase of easing measures, health officials have issued guidelines for movie theatres and fitness centres to follow.

Meanwhile, Dr Panpimol Wipulakorn, director general of the Public Health Ministry’s Department of Health, told the press that the number of people wearing face masks and following preventive measures was constantly dropping.

A survey found that most of the respondents, or 57.4 per cent, admitted to dropping their guard because the number of new infections had dropped, 36.6 per cent considered themselves as low risk, while 28.4 per cent found the measures inconvenient.

Panpimol, however, warned people to continue protecting themselves because the pandemic has not been wiped out yet.

Meanwhile, she said, movie theatres will have to clean their premises before opening and between every show, provide hand-sanitising gel, ensure every audience member and staff member are wearing face masks at all times, the number of moviegoers is limited, people are seated at least one metre apart and all visitors check in via the ThaiChana platform.

Cinemas are also required to screen every moviegoer’s temperature, prohibited from holding concerts or other events, seat people two seats apart and allow for more ventilation to prevent the virus from spreading.

As for gyms, customers and trainers are required to wear a mask at all times except when doing heavy exercise, machines have to be placed one to two metres apart, workout areas need to be cleaned every two hours and all gym members and staff need to check-in via ThaiChana.

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