Mall operators defer reopening of cinemas

Even if the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has allowed entertainment centers and other businesses to operate at an increased capacity, several malls in areas under general community quarantine decided to defer the reopening of their movie theaters to wait for the approval and guidelines from local government units.

Beginning March 6, movie houses can supposedly accommodate up to 25 percent of their seating capacity. However, some malls in Metro Manila have opted to defer the reopening.

Ayala Malls Cinemas head Charmaine Bauzon said, “Inasmuch as we do want to reopen our cinemas to welcome the movie-going public once again, we regret that we will not be able to do just yet as we are still waiting for the approval of the LGUs where Ayala Malls Cinemas are located. Until such time we receive formal advice from the city mayors, our cinemas shall remain closed.”

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