Movie Theater (Cinema) Protocols

Movie Theater (Cinema) Protocols

Guidelines and requirements related to the cinema environment:

  • Floor stickers or clear signs must be placed to ensure the application of social distancing (for a distance of not less than 1.5 to 2 meters) in waiting areas such as entrances, ticket office, food and beverage selling outlets, and restrooms.
  • Chairs or seating areas must be designed in a way that ensures the application of social distancing (for a distance of not less than 1.5 to 2 meters) by leaving two empty seats between each individual and the other from all directions.
  • Family members may sit together, and the distance between them and others must be applied to ensure a distance of 1.5 to 2 meters at least.
  • The capacity of each cinema hall must be reduced by half to ensure a distance of at least 1.5 to 2 meters between each individual (or every family and the other) by placing stickers on the chairs showing the places to sit or determining this in advance at the time of purchasing tickets.
  • It is preferable to visit cinemas by purchasing tickets from the websites and applications to reduce crowding and large gatherings at the ticket office and to facilitate the organization process.
  • Certain entrances and exits must be allocated, with organizers assigned at the doors to ensure the entry and exit process of visitors, prevent crowding, and ensure the recommended distance is maintained, and it is preferable for the organizers to be security guards.
  • Hand sanitizers should be distributed and placed in prominent places at doors and restrooms so that they are easily accessible by all visitors.
  • Hand sanitizer must contain 60-80% alcohol and meet the requirements of the Saudi Food and Drug General Authority (SFDA).
  • Tissues must be provided and placed in prominent places.
  • All environmental surfaces that are frequently touched (such as door handles, hand rests, etc.) by cinema visitors must be disinfected with disinfectants that are approved by the SFDA or the Ministry of Health (MOH) and follow the instructions in the Practical Guide for Cleaning and Disinfection of Public Facilities to Fight Covid-19 Infection issued by the SCDC.
  • All places and surfaces should be cleaned with soap and water before disinfecting them.
  • It is preferable to equip restrooms with self-operating faucets to avoid infection transmission through touch.
  • The restrooms must be cleaned and disinfected periodically on a daily basis, preferably every two hours, taking care to maintain good ventilation, reduce the temperature in them, and keep a record of disinfection times.
  • Ensure that the toilets in the restrooms are properly working, and surfaces must be cleaned and disinfected after each use and an additional amount of at least 20% of hand soap supplies must be provided.
  • Prevent crowding in restrooms and toilets by placing floor stickers or disrupting the use of a number of toilets or sinks to ensure a safe distance of 1.5 to 2 meters between each person.
  • A record of the disinfection times for surfaces and toilets should be maintained.
  • Ensure good ventilation and reduce the temperature in cinemas by 25 cycles per hour in the galleries and common areas.
  • Interactive touch devices for purchasing tickets must be disabled and the fingerprint attendance system for employees should be suspended and alternative methods should be used.
  • Remove all printed copies of magazines and newspapers.
  • It is preferable to have trash cans and waste baskets that are used with no touching required, and the waste must be disposed of continuously.
  • Health requirements and guidelines for the prevention of Covid-19 disease must be adhered to with regard to restaurants and designated prayer places, if any (please refer to the guidelines issued by the SCDC regarding restaurants or mosques).
  • The protocols for outdoor entertainment places must be adhered to in regards to outdoor cinemas.

Guidelines and requirements related to the protection of employees, visitors, customers and those in charge of cinemas:

  • Workers should reduce personal contact with customers and visitors, wear masks and gloves when dealing with them, and adhere to social distancing at all times, including the process of selling tickets or food and drinks.
  • Supervisors should be assigned to reduce gatherings and crowds between customers in general and ensure the implementation of social distancing, provided that there is a distance between each individual and the other not less than 1.5 to 2 meters.
  • Emphasis on hand washing with soap and water frequently for at least 40 seconds each time, or sanitizer hands with an approved disinfectant for a period of not less than 20 seconds in the absence of soap and water.
  • Ensure all workers and visitors wear medical or cloth masks or anything that covers the mouth and nose.
  • Prevent anyone who does not wear a mask from entering the cinema.
  • Ensure the cleaning workers wear gloves and masks when cleaning and sterilizing cinemas and disposing of them in the proper way and in the designated place.

Epidemiological surveillance, monitoring and reporting:

  • It is preferable to provide thermal Imaging cameras to measure the temperature of visitors, provided that the cameras cover all the entrances to the cinemas.
  • Situate a checkpoint at all main entrances, including measuring the temperature of all people entering with a device approved by the SFDA and asking about high temperature or any respiratory symptoms (cough or shortness of breath).
  • Prevent visitors and customers who have a high temperature or any respiratory symptoms from entering the cinema.
  • Measure the temperature of all workers and those in charge of the cinemas daily before the start of each work shift, record the temperature and contact data and keep it in a specific record.
  • Do not allow any worker who has influenza-like symptoms (fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat) to come to work and they must be isolated until they are examined and their symptoms are disappeared, according to the report of their treating doctor
  • Report any cases in the cinemas that has a high temperature or respiratory symptoms and is suspected of being infected with Covid-19, prevent them from entering the facility and identify their information and contact numbers and immediately call 937 to see the required directions to transfer the case to the hospital.
  • In the event that there is housing for workers in the mosque, it is preferable to prepare an isolation room for the suspected cases in their residence so that they are isolated until contacted by the competent authorities. (Please see the health conditions for workers’ housing to fight Covid-19)
  • If a confirmed case is registered among the workers, the following must be done:
  • Close the cinema and suspend work in it until all halls are well disinfected and ventilated.
  • Ensure that there is no source of infection by examining and isolating other workers who have been in contact with the confirmed case.
  • It is necessary to refer to and apply the Covid-19 guidelines including the Preventive Measures in Workplaces issued by the SCDC.

Awareness and Education:

  • Workers, visitors and those in charge of cinemas must be educated about the symptoms of the disease, its means of transmission and its severity, and making them aware of refraining from attending in the event of any respiratory symptoms (coughing or shortness of breath) or a high temperature, and contacting the MOH.
  • Educate workers, visitors and those in charge of cinemas that they must disclose if they have any respiratory symptoms (cough or shortness of breath) or high temperature by calling 937.
  • It is preferable to use the advertisement period preceding the movie showing to educate customers about the disease, and include an explanation of the safe exit and entry procedures that prevent crowding at the halls, and awareness posters should also be distributed in all entrances and halls of cinemas and placed in prominent places, and it is also preferable to publish them after the online tickets purchasing by sending text messages, e-mail, or by printing them on the tickets, and that they be written in different languages ​​and include the following:
  • Introduction to the disease, how it spreads and the preventative measures to be taken.
  • Awareness of handwashing, avoiding touching the eyes, nose and mouth before washing hands, and encourage attention to personal hygiene and health care
  • Adherence to Hygiene and Cough etiquette (by using tissues and throwing them away immediately or coughing into the elbow and washing hands afterwards).
  • Constantly emphasize on the importance of adhering to the safety instructions, preventive measures, and physical distancing, and prevent gatherings and crowding.
  • Educate and urge elderly visitors and those with chronic diseases to postpone visiting the cinemas.


  • It is preferable to establish communication channels to report any breach of requirements and report violations in order to work to avoid them.
  • It is preferable to assign supervisors to control the mechanism of entry and exit of visitors to and from cinema halls and to prevent crowding.
  • It is preferable to place a board containing a statement of the violations and how to report it.
  • Train officials at checkpoints on the method of test performing and the use of thermometers.
  • Conduct mandatory health and safety trainings on Covid-19 for all employees.


Appendix A: Individuals who are at Higher Risk of Infection

The health controls for suspending attendance at workplaces during the Covid-19 pandemic shall be attached to the medical reports of the below Health Conditions:

  • Those over the age of 65 years
  • Chronic lung disease, or severe asthma:

For those who have been admitted to the hospital at least once in the past six months.

  • Chronic heart diseases:

– Heart muscle failure.

– Coronary artery disease with at least having one heart attack during the past year.

  • Inherited Immunodeficiency diseases
  • Acquired Immunodeficiency:

1. Acquired immunodeficiency disease

2. Use of immunosuppressive drugs.

3. Use of cancer treatment drugs.

  • Obesity:

BMI 40>kg/m2

  • Chronic medical conditions:

4. Uncontrolled diabetes, which necessitated admission to the hospital at least once during the past six months

5. High blood pressure disease, which required admission to the hospital at least once during the past six months

6. Kidney failure (dialysis)

7. Cirrhosis.

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Minister of Health

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