GSC focuses on improving safety measures

All cinema halls will have social-distancing seating and all seats will be sanitised and disinfected after each screening

By NUR HANANI AZMAN / Pic BERNAMA

GOLDEN Screen Cinemas Sdn Bhd (GSC) is focusing on improving safety measures to safeguard public health once the government lifts the ban on cinemas.

Understanding moviegoers’ concern for their safety from the coronavirus pandemic, GSC will sanitise and disinfect all seats after each screening.

GSC CEO Koh Mei Lee said temperature checks will be done for every employee and guest, as well as the provision of hand sanitisers and social distancing.

She said staff must wear face masks as part of daily operations.

“All our cinema halls will have social-distancing seating, so customers will be seated apart from each other,” Koh said.

To practice social-distancing seating, GSC will limit the number of people in the halls, where the capacity of audiences will be reduced by at least half.

“We will also place markers throughout the cinemas from the tickets counters, e-kiosks and concessions counters, all the way up to the halls,” Koh told The Malaysian Reserve.

She also encouraged cinema-goers to purchase their movie tickets and concessions online as a social-distancing measure to avoid queuing for them at the counters.

GSC will also control the number of people at the common area so customers can adhere to the social-distancing markers placed throughout the cinema and prevent overcrowding.

Before the Movement Control Order (MCO) commenced, GSC had already increased its cleaning and disinfection frequency for highly used facilities like e-kiosks, countertops, door handles, lift buttons, handrails and escalators, among others.

“We will further increase the frequency when our cinemas reopen, which will also include disinfection and thorough cleaning of hall seats after every show.

“Prior to the MCO, we conducted regular temperature checks of all employees before the start of their shifts,” she said.

GSC will continue to practice these measures to ensure all staff is in the best of health to serve customers.

“When we reopen for business, this temperature check will be extended to all guests and customers before they are allowed into the cinema premises.

“We will also provide hand sanitisers for customers and guests to use, which will be located at our checkpoints, ticketing and concessions counters,” she said.

GSC’s enhanced safety guidelines for post-MCO are developed closely in adherence to the recommended policies set by the Health Ministry.

“We will also adhere to any additional guidelines, if any, which may be set for cinemas when we are permitted to reopen,” Koh said.

All GSC theatres are currently shuttered and events cancelled during the MCO period.