Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Coronavirus: Ster-Kinekor cinemas will remain open for now as the Covid-19 virus spreads in South Africa.

by Thinus Ferreira

Ster-Kinekor in South Africa has also decided to keep all of its cinema theatres across the country open.

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday declared a national state of disaster over the rapid spread of the Covid-19 novel coronavirus in South Africa and announced several measures to try and contain the spread, including a ban on gatherings of 100 people or more.

On Monday Nu Metro announced that it would keep its chain of movie theatres open for now.

Across the United States, United Kingdom and several other countries cinema chains closed their movie theatres to help curb the spread of the virus pandemic.

Ster-Kinekor in response to a media enquiry from TVwithThinus on Tuesday morning said that it's "proceeding with schedule programming but with additional precautionary measures in place".

Ster-Kinekor says that the cinema chain's executive committee "has been working to ensure that it remains abreast of all developments relating to the outbreak of coronavirus".

"Certain hygiene protocol steps had already been taken including the placement of hand sanitizers in cinema and the minimizing of staff in periods where they are not required."

"The executive committee and leadership team are currently studying the presidentss announcement and the rules and regulations around the declared national state of disaster to ascertain a clear direction and points of action to be taken by the organisation."

"Once a clear action plan has been determined, Ster-Kinekor will inform the public, its staff and guests of the detail and implementation of such a plan."

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