Nu Metro cinemas will no longer be open to the public from Mondays to Thursdays. This decision was made to adapt to lockdown Level 3, despite there being no requirement to do so under current regulations.

In a statement posted to their social media pages, the company explained that they have made this decision to ensure the sustainability of its business.

This change will take effect from Monday, January 11 but they will remain open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and on public holidays.

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“Nu Metro cinemas have been open on a daily basis since 4 December 2020. From Monday, 11 January 2021, our cinemas will only be operational on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and on public holidays – as part of the company’s responsible business strategy to ensure the future sustainability of the business,” it said.

“The limited supply of film content, especially from Hollywood, has had a major effect on attendances; most of the major blockbuster movie titles have been pushed out to later in 2021. Other factors such as the impact of the pandemic on the economy, resources, operational ability and customer habits/retail trends all combined to affect our business potential,” the company added.

Under current regulations, cinemas are allowed to remain open under these conditions:

– No mask, no entry to cinema facilities;

– Temperature screening must take place;

– Masks may only be removed when eating or drinking;

– Sufficient sanitisers must be available for use;

– All equipment and surfaces must be cleaned regularly;

– Deep cleaning must take place before opening;

– Social distancing between customers at all times;

– Adequate ventilation must be kept;

– Regulations, guidelines and venue capacities must be clearly indicated;

– Any food facilities on-site need to adhere to regulations set out by the responsible department.

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