The department will also carry out inspections to ensure that the guidelines are implemented and followed.
The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) on Monday announced the reopening of cinemas in shopping malls with precautionary measures in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to the guidelines, the cinema hall should not exceed 30% of capacity. All staff members need to be tested for Covid-19 prior to resuming operations. It also directed them to continuously sanitise and clean all their service facilities and common areas where food and beverage products are sold.
The move was made in coordination with the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Committee for Covid-19 pandemic. The department will also carry out inspections to ensure that the guidelines are implemented and followed.
Further, penalties will be issued to those not following the guidelines. ADDED’s Under-Secretary Rashed Abdul Karim Al Balooshi noted that there are 19 cinemas operating in the emirate, 12 in Abu Dhabi city, six in Al Ain city and one in Al Dhafra region.
VOX Cinemas has already reopened theatres in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain in compliance with the guidelines.