From next Monday (October 26), checking in with the TraceTogether app or token will be compulsory for all movie-goers.

Jae Chia  |  SG
Published 2020-10-20 09:57:33

From next Monday (October 26), checking in with the TraceTogether app or token will be made compulsory for all movie-goers.

Patrons will no longer be able to enter movie theatres by scanning the SafeEntry QR code.

The measures will be rolled out progressively, and there will be a grace period until November 16 for cinema operators to completely implement TraceTogether.

A Smart Nation and Digital Government Group (SNDGG) spokesperson said that the decision to implement a grace period was made in order to allow patrons more time to adjust to the requirements.

Independent cinema The Projector broke the news to its customers in a Facebook post on October 19, and mentioned that patrons would not be able to enter without the token or app.

More Venues Could Implement The Usage Of TraceTogether Soon

Last month, the Ministry of Health began distributing the TraceTogether token nationwide.

The TraceTogether token is a contact-tracing device that enables quick tracking of people who have been exposed to COVID-19 cases.

The token exchanges Bluetooth signals with other nearby tokens or mobile phones with the TraceTogether app.

The government’s target is to get TraceTogether participation up to about 70 per cent, as previously mentioned by Minister-in-charge of the Smart Nation initiative Vivian Balakrishnan.

This means that many more venues could implement compulsory TraceTogether entry in the coming weeks.

Cinemas, hotels, food and beverage outlets, gyms and certain offices were among the venues listed by SNDGG where TraceTogether-only entry could be imposed.

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