The amount of time that movie goers have to spend inside theaters without proper ventilation amid the COVID-19 pandemic is alarming, Caloocan Mayor Oca Malapitan said on Monday.

A worker sanities inside a theatre hall ahead of the scheduled reopening of cinema theatres on October 15 as the Covid-19 coronavirus imposed lockdown eases further in New Delhi on October 13, 2020. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / File photo / AFP)

Malapitan said he opposes the decision by the government’s anti-COVID task force to allow the reopening of cinemas in Metro Manila.

“Well, kasi medyo mapanganib pa rin eh. Kasi nasa loob sila, yung transmission, medyo mapanganib pa rin. [Paano] ‘pag napasukan ng may sakit yun? (Reopening cinemas is still dangerous. Since people are inside an enclosed space, the risk of transmission is there), ” the mayor said over DZBB on Monday.

“Isipin mo dalawang oras, isang palabas (Imagine, one movie runs for an average of two hours),” he added, noting that there is even no ventilation inside theaters, “Yun ang pinaka dahilan kung bakit ayaw ng nakararaming Metro Manila (mayors) (That’s the main reason why majority of Metro Manila mayors opposed it).”

There are four cinemas in the city, Malapitan said.

If the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases will still allow the reopening of cinemas despite opposition from Metro mayors, Malapitan said, he will comply.

“Dahil kami kumukuha din kami ng order sa IATF (Because we’re getting orders from the IATF),” he said. However, he added, they will still “appeal.”

Source: Manila Bulletin (