Cinemas, Live Shows, And Swimming Pools Allowed To Open From 1 July

These activities, however, must all follow strict standard operating procedures.

Cover image via Malay Mail & Bernama/Malay Mail

The government has agreed to allow cinemas, theatres, and live events to resume operations beginning 1 July

According to New Straits Times, Senior Minister for Security and Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the decision was made during a special ministerial meeting today, 22 June.

These activities, however, are only allowed to resume with strict terms of entry during the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO)

"The total number of people should not be over 250 individuals in a hall at one time," Ismail Sabri announced during the National Security Council (MKN) briefing today.

He said these activities must be held in closed halls and the total number of people allowed is still subject to the space and capacity of the hall.

"This only applies to large venues with big capacities. Smaller venues will have smaller capacities," he said.

"The other standard operating procedures (SOP) – such as the checking of temperatures, wearing of face masks, and use of hand sanitiser, must be complied with by the audience."

The government has also agreed to allow public and private pools to open for use from 1 July onwards

Ismail Sabri announced that public swimming pools, as well as private ones at hotels, condominiums, gated residences, and private properties, must first meet a few conditions.

He said that lifeguards must be stationed to ensure the number of the people in the pool is controlled at all times and to encourage a time limit.

Pool operators interested to reopen their pools must also register with the Ministry of International Trade and Industry so that local authorities and the Ministry of Youth and Sports can ensure their compliance with the SOP.

Ismail Sabri added that tourism-related water activities at rivers, beaches, and lakes are permitted too.

Water theme parks, however, are still barred from operating.

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