CHINA Beijing to impose 50 pct cap on cinemas during holiday

CHINA

Beijing to impose 50 pct cap on cinemas during holiday

Xinhua

16:19, February 05, 2021

BEIJING, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) -- Beijing will cap the maximum seating capacity of cinemas citywide at 50 percent during the upcoming Spring Festival holiday due to COVID-19 concerns, local authorities said Friday.

A man wearing a face mask to protect against the spread of the coronavirus uses his cellphone at a public park in Beijing, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021. (Photo: AP)

The restriction will be effective from Feb. 11 to 17, according to the Beijing Municipal Film Administration.

A number of Beijing cinemas told Xinhua reporters that they are considering adjusting screening schedules for the period or refunding presale tickets in line with the restriction.

The capital city has continued to take stringent epidemic prevention and control measures despite the general containment of the recent COVID-19 resurgence. The city has reported no new local COVID-19 infections since Jan. 30.

The Spring Festival, or the Chinese Lunar New Year, falls on Feb. 12 this year.

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