Covid-19: Philippines may delay opening cinemas, arcades

Manila - Government to also allow larger crowds inside places of worship.



By AP

Published: Mon 15 Feb 2021, 8:46 AM

Last updated: Mon 15 Feb 2021, 12:53 PM

The Philippine government's approval of the reopening of movie theaters, video game arcades and other leisure businesses shut since last year was postponed at least another two weeks after mayors feared it will bring new coronavirus infections.

The easing of restrictions in the capital and other regions under moderate restrictions was planned fro Monday after Manila was hit by one of the worst pandemic-wrought recessions in the region.

The easing of restrictions in the capital and other regions under moderate restrictions came after Manila was hit by one of the worst pandemic-wrought recessions in the region.

The government was also planning to let larger crowds inside places of worship in Asia’s largest Roman Catholic nation, allowing 50% of their capacity from 30%.

Most mayors under the Metro Manila Development Authority expressed apprehension over the reopening of cinemas and video game arcades. Philippine officials said mayors and health officials should draw rules to ensure safety amid the easing of quarantine restrictions in more public areas, including museums, libraries, parks and historical sites.

“This is a very problematic proposition. This might bring a surge in our COVID cases,” Marikina city Mayor Marcelino Teodoro told ABS CBN News, adding mayors in the capital region were not consulted by the national government on the reopening of cinemas.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno told The Associated Press by telephone that he and other mayors would meet government officials later Monday to discuss the reopening of cinemas, which he welcomed.

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