• CGV Employs Automated System To Check Moviegoers For Fever, Masks

A woman gets her face scanned and temperature checked by CGV's Smart Pass system.
A woman gets her face scanned and temperature checked by CGV's Smart Pass system.
Automated camera systems are now being employed at theaters in South Korea to ensure moviegoers are properly wearing masks and check their temperature amid concerns over the spread of COVID-19.

CGV, the country's largest multiplex chain, introduced on Friday the so-called Smart Pass system in 115 of its multiplex theaters.

Smart Pass recognizes whether a person is wearing a mask, with the system requesting the wearer to properly put it on if it is being worn on the chin or not fully covering the nose.

Admission is allowed only after masks are properly worn.

The system also recommends refunds or could limit admissions if a customer's temperature is above 37.5 Celsius after repeated checks.

The company said it worked on the system since late April, ahead of the government's switch from strict social distancing to the "everyday life quarantine" scheme.

CGV had 30 percent of its theaters shut down for about a month due to the coronavirus pandemic but reopened them last month amid loosened quarantine guidelines.

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