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MOVIEGOERS can now rejoice!

The government has already allowed the reopening of movie houses in Metro Manila, which is now under Alert Level 3, a move that came following an appeal by a group of cinema operators.

However, movie houses will only accept up to 30-percent capacity based on existing guidelines under Alert Level 3. This means there will be vacant seats between moviegoers, said Usec. Jonathan Malaya of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Thursday in a TV interview.

On Wednesday, October 13, 2021, the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) approved the recommendation to place the National Capital Region (NCR) under Alert Level 3 beginning October 16, 2021 until October 31, 2021.

Establishments will be allowed to operate at 30-percent indoor venue capacity only for fully vaccinated people under Alert Level 3, and 50-percent outdoor venue capacity, provided that all employees are fully vaccinated already.

The Department of Health, meanwhile, said it will closely monitor movie houses if allowing their reopening would lead to a spike in COVID-19 cases.

The Cinema Exhibitors Association of the Philippines (CEAP) made the appeal following huge losses of income among cinemas amounting to P21 billion already in terms of industry income, and loss of jobs for 7,000 movie house workers because of closure.

(PHOTO CREDIT: pna.gov.ph)

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