Reopening of cinemas in GCQ areas moved to March 1

Malacañang announced Monday the suspension of cinemas in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) which was supposed to start today.

According to Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, the decision was made after mayors of Metro Manila expressed their opposition to the decision of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) to allow more industries to reopen.

“Hindi na po iyan mapapatupad ngayong araw at iyan po ay ipapatupad either March 1 or kung kailan po magkakaroon ng guidelines ang ating mga lokal na pamahalaan,” said in an interview with state-run PTV.

The Palace official said the guidelines would address capacity requirements.

“Iyong pagbubukas po ay subject sa guidelines na sila mismo ang bubuo kasi importante na malaman kung ano ang seating capacity at ano pa iyong mga ibang requirements ng local units,” he said in a separate radio interview.