Cinemas in Hong Kong will be allowed to reopen from Friday as part of a phased relaxation of social distancing measures in the city. The move was announced on Tuesday afternoon by the city’s Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, after a meeting of the Executive Council.
Cinemas to maintain social distancing rules
Broadway Cinemas, one of Hong Kong’s leading multiplex operators, quickly announced a slate of films that it would be playing from May 8. It includes a mix of older titles and some new Asian and independent U.S. titles: “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot,” “Better Days,” and “Tora-san, Wish You Were Here.” The highest profile new movie from Hollywood is Dreamworks Animation and Universal’s “Trolls World Tour.”
Theaters will be kept below full capacity. In one example of its seating map, Broadway showed pairs of seats being sold in a diamond pattern.
It is understood that bars, fitness centers and beauty parlors will also be allowed to reopen, as long as they maintain some continuing controls. Bars for instance will be allowed to operate at no more than 50% capacity. Nightclubs and karaoke parlors, the source of several of Hong Kong’s infection clusters, will remain closed. Secondary schools will be allowed to reopen from May 27, and primary schools can restart from early June. Source