June 14, 2024








Reopening of cinemas moved to March 1 or until LGUs ready to implement — Roque

Malacañang said that cinemas in areas under the general community quarantine (GCQ) will not reopen until March 1 following the apprehension of local government units (LGUs) about it being a super spreader of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque made the statement after Metro Manila mayors said they will appeal the decision of the Inter-agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases for fear that the new policy may make the COVID-19 situation worse.

In his Monday presser, Roque said the IATF respects the decision of the Metro Manila mayors and has agreed to move the reopening of traditional cinemas to March 1 or until LGUs are able to issue guidelines regarding the matter.

“Hindi naman natin sinasabi na automatic na mula ngayon magiging epektibo ‘yan dahil nasa mga lokal na pamahalaan po ‘yan na bumuo ng kanilang mga operational guidelines (We are not saying that cinemas should be automatically open now because it’s still up to LGUs to craft the operational guidelines),” he said.

“So ngayon po ang status nito, ang pagpapatupad po ng pagbubukas ng sinehan, kung matutuloy po, ay Marso a-uno (For now, the reopening of cinemas, if it will continue, will be on March 1),” he added.

Until then, Roque said the IATF will continue coordinating with the LGUs.

However, Roque said that LGUs can proceed to reopen cinemas even before the first day of March as long as they already have the operational guidelines.

“So kung ang mga LGUs po ay nag-issue na ng guidelines, wala pong hadlang para sila ay magbukas (So if LGUs have already issued the guidelines, then there is no stopping them from opening the cinemas),” he said.

The Palace official said that the IATF and LGUs agree that there was a need to revive the economy and to not relax the health protocols.