Chile reopens theatres as part of post pandemic plan

Chile’s Minister of Economy, Development and Tourism, Lucas Palacios, has announced reopening of theatres under strict social distancing rules, as part of a plan to recover jobs and reactivate the economy amid the Covid pandemic.

“This strategy that we are taking as a government, to make the decrease in infections compatible with the opening of different sectors of the economy, through rigorous sanitary measures, protects people from being infected and allows them to return to their places of work,” Palacios said at the San Gines Cultural Centre.

“We have done it in construction, we have done it in cinemas, we have done it in theaters, we have done it with trade, we have done it in different sectors of the economy and we will continue on this road,” he added.

Palacios stressed the importance of reactivating all sectors of the economy, especially those related to entertainment and culture, which represent 318,000 jobs in Chile, Xinhua reported.

Theatres must cap occupancy to a maximum capacity of 50 per cent, sell tickets in advance online, and ensure a meter of distance between customers, among other measures.