Hua Hin’s cinema, the Major Cineplex located at Market Village, reopens on Friday (Oct 1) as part of the easing COVID-19 restrictions in the province.
The cinema will open from 11am to 6pm until further notice, but customers are advised that popcorn is prohibited during showtime.
The ban on popcorn, and indeed all food and beverages, while movies are being show is one of a number of restrictions in place at cinemas and movie theatres nationwide.
Movie-goers are also required to wear a face mask at all times and sit at least one seat apart from other customers, with theatres required to operate at no more than 50 percent capacity.
The easing of restrictions also sees restaurants allowed to stay open until 9pm and live music is once again permitted, providing there are no more than five performers on stage.
Indoor restaurants are limited to 50 percent capacity for dine-in customers, while outdoor venues are limited to 75 percent capacity.
Unlike in Phuket, restaurants in Hua Hin are still not allowed to service alcohol.
There may be a specific order released by the governor of Prachuap Khiri Khan clarifying the measures in place throughout the province. However, details of the easing of restrictions issued by Thailand’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration can be found below.
Other restrictions eased from October 1 include the relaxing of the night time curfew by one hour to 22.00-04.00.
- Opening hours for convenience stores, fresh markets, and flea markets for food and consumer goods have also been extended for one hour longer or until 21.00 Hrs. All 24-hour shops must close nightly from 21.00-04.00 Hrs.
- Public libraries and museums of all types, book houses, art galleries, historical sites, ancient monuments, learning centres, science centres for education, science parks, science and cultural centres, and art galleries can open under strict public health measures and limit the number of visitors at 75% of normal capacity.
- Cinemas can open until 21.00 Hrs. Seating shall be limited at 50% under the distancing approach. During showtime, visitors must wear a mask at all times, while consumption of food and drinks is not allowed.
- Opening hours for hair and beauty salons, as well as tattoo shops have also been extended to 21.00 Hrs. Tattoo shops’ customers must show proof that they are fully vaccinated or tested negative for COVID-19.
- Health massage shops and health spa shops are allowed to resume operations for all massage services, from previously foot massage only. The duration of service shall be limited to a two-hour session per customer. The opening hours have also been extended to 21.00 Hrs. However, body wrap, sauna, and herbal steam services are still not allowed.
- Public parks, sports fields, sports complexes, and outdoor swimming pools can extend the opening hours for one more hour until 21.00 Hrs. Meanwhile, air-conditioned fitness centres are allowed to resume operations up until 21.00 Hrs., except for the sauna and steam section.
- The use of venues or sports fields for competitions must be approved by the Bangkok or Provincial Communicable Disease Control Committee and must be conducted under strict public health measures and limit the number of visitors at 25% of normal capacity. All visitors must show proof that they are fully vaccinated or tested negative for COVID-19.
- Shopping malls, shopping centres, community malls, or similar establishments can also extend normal operations by one hour or until 21.00 Hrs., with limitations on the following venues and services:
- Schools and tutorial centres can reopen under the permission of the Bangkok or Provincial Communicable Disease Control Committee.
- Aesthetic clinics, medical clinics for beauty services, cosmetic clinics, manicure and pedicure shops, are allowed to accept customers with an advance appointment. Hair and beauty salons are allowed to accept customers with an advance appointment for a two-hour service per customer.
- Health massage shops, health spa shops, tattoo shops, cinemas and fitness centres are allowed to open as per the above-mentioned guidelines.
- Amusement parks, water parks, gaming centres, and banquet and meeting activities are to remain closed.
- Theatres and playhouses can open for music performances, cultural shows, folk dances, or similar performance up until 21.00 Hrs., and limit the number of audiences to 50% of the normal capacity.
- Educational institutions of all types, nurseries, and child development centres can reopen in accordance with the rules and regulations by the respective authorities.