Phase 1 of the National Recovery Plan began today, with a list of activities under the creative sector being allowed to operate. These include cinemas, live and recorded entertainment broadcasts, live creative performances, indoor busking, art galleries, museums and showrooms, albeit at limited capacities and only for fully vaccinated individuals.
However, movie buffs were in for a disappointment as both Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC) and TGV Cinemas (TGV) have decided not to open for business yet, pending a finalised standard operating procedures (SOP) from the National Security Council (NSC). A censorship review by the relevant authorities of several movies which were planned to be screened was also cited.
GSC made this announcement in a tweet, saying:
“We will not be opening tomorrow. We are making sure we are ready with proper SOP from the government, and also have enough content to show. Movies are now being sent for censorship — studios are rushing to get the content ready. We appreciate your patience and stay tuned for updates.”
TGV Cinemas general manager of sales and marketing Mohit Bhargava issued the following statement:
“TGV is thrilled with the approval received to reopen our cinemas yesterday. Following the minister’s announcement, we await the official SOP from NSC which we are yet to receive in order for us to finalise our plans and timelines for reopening. Please stay tuned on our social media (@TGVCinemas), we should be making an announcement very soon,” he said.
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