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A large crowd outside MovieTowne last night.

Just hours after Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley urged citizens to continue following public health protocols, including wearing masks and not congregating in large crowds, police had to disperse large numbers of partrons that converged at MovieTowne, Invaders Bay.

Images posted to social media showed crowds gathered at the popular multiplex and initial reports were that the police had locked down the venue. However, checks by Guardian Media confirmed that the officers were actually there to bring order to the gatherings and to ensure social distancing and adherence to COVID-19 restrictions.

Efforts to contact MovieTowne owner Derek Chin were unsuccessful as calls to his cell phone went unanswered.