Amongst other businesses that are affected by the Covid-19 pandemic includes the cinema business.
Ster-Kinekor theatres ushered out their last guests on the 27th of March, and this was the status quo until the 28th of August 2020. Once again with the move to level 4 lockdown, the cinemas have once again been forced to close doors.
Now Ster-Kinekor is pleading with the government to relax level 4 lockdown restrictions and allow movie theaters to reopen. The cinema company is currently in Business Rescue and with the current lockdown, the company has indicated that it will have a devastating impact on the business.
“Over 1.3 million customers in South Africa have visited the cinema since reopening at the end of August, and this new closure will have a devasting blow especially at a time when cinemas are starting to experience an encouraging increase in attendances”, the company said in a statement.
The company has further mentioned the safety precautions of the business, “Ster-Kinekor is compliant with all COVID-19 protocols, and the cinema remains one of the safest forms of entertainment due to access control, the ability to distance patrons accordingly, strict management of cleaning, and no-touch points for purchase (tickets and confectionery can be purchased online). The Health and Safety of our staff and customers is our highest priority and we have been operating been under strict Covid-19 protocols and even exceeding governmental requirements. Cinemas remain a safe indoor venue with no infections traced back to cinema globally”.
Currently, the movie tickets are on hold, bookings will be available soon.