Ster-Kinekor is the latest company to release an official statement in light of the Coronavirus pandemic and its implications. Don’t worry they’re not closing down cinemas (not yet at least), the company is instead taking precautionary measures and are appealing to all of us movie goers to take serious note of.
According to a statement released earlier today, Ster-Kinekor Theatres will start capping the number of people who can attend screenings so that they can have multiple empty spaces between them. Cinema capacity for each show will be capped at 100. The goal is to help facilitate ‘social distancing’ that’ll help curb the spread of the disease.
We are proceeding with scheduled programming – however no shows will screen before 12:00 PM or after 18:00 PM.
SK is the first big movie theater company in Mzansi to make a change based on the current outbreak. We project that starting Friday, March 19, auditorium capacity will be reduced by at least 50-percent; this change will run through until the President lifts the current status at the company’s theaters.
The decision isn’t surprising. A number of movie premieres that were scheduled to happen this month have been postponed indefinitely due to the outbreaks popping up in regions around the world. Theaters are an example of the kind of place most people are avoiding — cramped and full of large groups. The nature of a theater room makes it hard to avoid contact with strangers.
It’s always better to be safe than sorry especially during this time, stay safe and of course happy viewing on the big screen.