- The Department of Health (DOH) stated that in case cinemas will reopen, there will be certain protocols that will be followed
- One of the things that they said was that there would be no calls that will be made and there would be no bathroom breaks too
- The cinema will not be filled like before and snacks will have to be gotten rid of as well
- So basically, if cinemas will reopen, moviegoers may watch up to the extent of the allowed occupancy, without snacks and no toilet breaks nor receiving of any call
The proposal of DOH in case cinemas are allowed to operate is somewhat very interesting.
ABS-CBN reported that Dr. Eric Tayag, the Knowledge Management and Information Technology Service director said that there would be no eating, no toilet breaks and no calls made or received inside the cinema.
"Hindi pupunuin ang sinehan. Bawal kumain. Bawal tumanggap ng tawag, naka-off ang telepono… 'Wag kayong gagamit ng CR sa sinehan hangga’t maaari, at malamang sa hindi ay mababawasan natin yung risk," he said.
Of course, all are mandated to wear masks. Philstar noted that the number of screenings will be reduced to allow for disinfection.
Inquirer reported that the reopening of cinemas has been rescheduled to March 1.
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Watching movies is among the favorite pastimes of Filipinos. Because of the pandemic, cinemas closed. Now, with plans of reopening, health protocols must still be followed.
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The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Department of Health (DOH) issued a joint statement that says drivers and passengers should wear a mask even if they are inside a private vehicle. The two departments said that this is now mandatory and that is regardless if they are from the same household. If the driver is traveling alone, then he is not required to wear a mask. Passengers of public transportation systems have long been required to wear both a face mask and a face shield.
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