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Wait for 2 weeks: Emi Calixto-Rubiano defers opening of Pasay cinemas

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Pasay Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano has deferred the opening of cinemas in the city amid a recent surge in the number of COVID-19 cases.

In a March 5 radio interview, Calixto-Rubiano said she will decide after two weeks if it will be safe for cinemas to reopen.

We at the Pasay LGU are aware that these cinemas in our city provide employment to thousands of people especially Pasayeños, and give revenues to the city which we use in our public service programs and projects. We are giving due consideration to that. That is why we are balancing all these things and we will be keenly monitoring and observing the developments in two weeks’ time so that our decision on whether or not to already allow the re-opening of cinemas will be facts-based,” she said.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) recently allowed local government units (LGUs) to order the reopening of cinemas at 20 percent capacity in order to spur economic growth. Records from Pasay’s Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO) show that there are 20 cinemas or movie houses in the city.

Experts have expressed alarm at the increase of COVID-19 cases in Pasay City, where the first cases of the South African variant of the virus were detected.

The OCTA Research Group said there were an average of 150 COVID-19 cases in Pasay City from February 26 to March 4.