Cinemas closed until patrons can eat in theaters


    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.