On the first day, Cinepolis movie theaters reopened in Plaza Semanggi, Pluit Village, Gajah Mada Plaza, Tamini Square, and Cibubur Junction.
From the five locations, not one stood out in terms of the number of crowds.
Cinepolis’ Indriana explained that each of its studios hosts the same number of moviegoers that has been capped at 25 percent of total capacity.
She added that Cinepolis implements stringent Covid-19 health protocols in all five movie theaters in Indonesia.
Movie theater companies in Indonesia check the body temperature of every individual, maintain a distance between seats, and require moviegoers and staff to wear a face mask.
2. Mike Pompeo to Visit Indonesia to Discuss Indo-Pacific Strategy
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Asia October 25-30, 2020 during which his schedule includes a visit to Indonesia.
The visit comes amid increasing tension between the US and China which are vying to win over support from several Asian countries particularly over the South China Sea conflict that China claims is its territory.
Several countries including Indonesia have denounced China’s territorial claims.
The US Secretary of State’s website explains that Mike Pompeo’s visit to Indonesia is “to reassert the vision of both countries for Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy”.
Indonesia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi confirmed news of Pompeo’s planned visit and only emphasized that it will be to strengthen US-Indonesia bilateral relations without providing further details of the upcoming meeting.
Minister Retno stated the US is an important partner, thus frequent visits by state officials from both nations are not surprising even amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Prior to Mike Pompeo’s visit to Indonesia, Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto visited the US October 15-19 on the invitation of US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to discuss military bilateral cooperation.