Quezon City rejects reopening cinemas amid pandemic

Quezon City is not in favor of opening cinemas amid the continuing threat of COVID-19.

QC Mayor Joy Belmonte said that although she supports the reopening of the economy, the benefits should balance the risks.

Belmonte said, “If we allow it to open, for the few that will agree to open…the risk is not commensurate to the gain…Enclosed ‘yung mga tao sa airconditioned environment, walang natural ventilation, two hours ‘yun silang uupo diyan.”

The mayor said even some mall owners are not keen on opening their cinemas, adding, “Even if it’s allowed, marami sa kanila ang hindi magbubukas because they don’t see that it’s really going to…play a big part in terms of economic impact.”

She emphasized the city’s epidemiology and disease surveillance unit also advised against the re-opening of cinemas.

Belmonte, however, said she has no reservations on opening other establishments mentioned by the IATF, like libraries and museums.

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