Cinemas, theatres and libraries can now reopen – here are all the new rules

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  • Cinemas and theatres can now reopen, but they are only allowed a total of 50 people (excluding staff) at the same time.
  • Libraries can also open their doors, with restrictions on study and computer areas.
  • Children's sections of libraries will remain closed. 
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On Monday, government gazetted the long-awaited rules that allow libraries, museums, cinemas and theatres to reopen.

Cinemas and theatres are only allowed 50 people at a time (excluding staff), and visitors must maintain a physical distance of 1.5m from each other.

Patrons’ temperatures will be screened before entry, and those with elevated temperatures will be refused access.

Those older than 60, and people with comorbidities must be discouraged from going to the cinema or theatre, the regulations read.

The now-standard requirement rules for hand sanitiser, cleaning and cloth masks must also be maintained, while the regulations also say that contactless payments and pre -booking should be used where possible.

Library services must be limited to borrowing and returning, but the regulations do provide for the fact that study areas can reopen – as long as they are restricted to 30% of the total library area.

The computer area must be restricted to 10% of the library area

The children's section and toy services at libraries remain closed.

The regulations demand that archives, museums and galleries maintain a "limited service" and restrict contact as far as possible between staff and patrons.

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