Cinemas closed until patrons can eat in theaters

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    Cinemas are remaining closed until they are able to sell food and drinks to patrons.

    The move was made as Government allowed the reopening of cinemas at a 50 per cent capacity, with the stipulation that patrons wear their masks inside and do not consume food or drinks.

    This prompted a meeting of the country’s top cinema owners, from MovieTowne, Caribbean Cinemas, CinemaONE and Estate 101.

    In a joint statement, they say the latest measures make it financially impossible to reopen cinemas, since the sale of food and drinks are essential in what makes a movie theatre economically viable.

    Next weekend, the Prime Minister is expected to state whether any adjustments can be made to the existing restrictions, based on the COVID-19 environment.

    The owners of other businesses such as bars and restaurants are also eagerly waiting to see whether in-house dining would be allowed again at their establishments.