MMC to file resolution to IATF opposing the reopening of cinemas

Published February 14, 2021, 3:00 PM

by Jean Fernando

Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez said on Sunday that the Metro Manila Council (MMC) is now drafting a resolution to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF) opposing the resumptions of operations of cinemas in areas under the general community quarantine (GCQ).

Photo from Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez’s Facebook page/ MANILA BULLETIN

Olivarez said the MMC’s resolution to the IATF opposing the reopening of cinemas will be submitted on Monday, February 15.

He said all the Metro Manila mayors were apprehensive with the recommendation on the opening of cinemas under GCQ because it did not go through “proper consultation.”

The mayor emphasized that Metro Manila is still under the GCQ status up to February 28.

Olivarez said the MMC will have a consultation a week before March to determine what will be the new quarantine status of Metro Manila.

He said that health experts will still be consulted to know whether Metro Manila is already ready to be placed under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).

The mayor added that while Metro Manila is still under the GCQ status and the movement is still limited, cinemas should still remain close to contain the spread of COVID-19.

He said that majority of the mayors agreed not to reopen cinemas citing that it is enclosed, movies last more than 30 minutes, and air-conditioned which may be the reason of another spike of COVID-19.

Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Benhur Abalos also supports the decision of Metro Manila mayors who fears for another spike of COVID-19.

Abalos said that he is supporting the reopening of the economy but it should be done gradually. “Tingnan natin, unti-untiin natin kung walang spike. Nakakatakot dito mag-spike. Mahirap bumalik sa dati. Eto na yung bakuna eh (Let’s see, let’s take it slow if there’s no spike in cases. What’s scary is if there will be a spike. It would be difficult to go back. The vaccine is almost here.),” Abalos said.