Pasig City cinemas to remain closed even under MGCQ

Published February 19, 2021, 11:53 PM

by Patrick Garcia

Cinemas in the city of Pasig will remain closed even if Metro Manila will shift to the most relaxed Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) classification, Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto announced Friday.

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto (Pasig Public Information Office/ MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

“Whether you call it GCQ or MGCQ, for now, we will have cinemas remain closed,” Sotto said in an interview on CNN Philippines’ The Final Word.

This was his response after the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) authorized the operation of cinemas and gaming arcades amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The mayor also said that he acknowledges the need for the gradual opening of the economy, but the local government must also maintain and protect its gains in fighting the dreaded virus.

The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) approved the proposal to place the entire country under MGCQ by March. President Duterte has yet to decide on the matter.