The Movement Control Order (MCO) imposed to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has affected many business sectors and social activities in Malaysia.
However, it has also led to innovations which have been introduced as people adjust to the new way of life.
For instance, Malaysians who are used to watching movies in the theatres may now have to start going to drive-in cinemas as found in many developed nations.
This may become a reality for Malaysia, which may emulate other countries, including our neighbour, Thailand, which chose to open drive-in cinemas as an alternative to traditional ones as a way to curb the spread of COVID-19.
However, as Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said in a media statement yesterday, it is subject to the set standard operating procedure which would require patrons to remain in their own vehicles, food to be sold online and collected in a drive-through.
For this, the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia together with the Ministry of Housing and Local Government will work out the SOP for the operators involved.
This could be the solution for those who worry about watching movies in a mass audience in an enclosed space as the COVID-19 pandemic is still a cause for worry.
Cinemas, theatres and live event venues have been allowed to operate from July 1, but all activities must be held in a closed venue within the SOP.
Today is the 115th day of the MCO which was enforced on March 18, and the 30th day of the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) introduced to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country.