Although the government has given the go-ahead for movie screenings, cinemas are playing it safe and will not be opening their doors immediately.
They have decided to wait until the full SOPs are released by the government, and some movies, that are now under censorship review, are cleared for screening.
In a statement, a spokesman for Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC) said the company was informed by the Malaysian Association of Film Exhibitors that movie theatres will not be reopening tomorrow.
“We are currently awaiting the full, proper SOPs from the government. Additionally, a selection of films are also currently undergoing censorship review.
“As such, GSC will remain closed until further notice, but as soon as we have any updates, we will make an announcement on our social media.”
TGV Cinemas also informed customers that they will not open yet, despite Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s announcement yesterday that cinemas could open from tomorrow.
“We’re doing our best to ensure that you guys get to experience these awesome cinematic adventures on the real big screen, so we’ll need just a little more time to prepare,” it said in a Facebook post.
Ismail announced yesterday that cinemas nationwide will be opened to fully vaccinated movie-goers, but only at half capacity.
This was a part of SOP relaxations for the creative industry.