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Pasay defers partial re-opening of cinemas as Covid cases spike

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Pasay defers partial re-opening of cinemas as Covid cases spike

PASAY City on Friday deferred the partial re-opening of its cinemas as it grapples with the exponential increase of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases.

Mayor Emi-Calixto Rubiano said the local government will keenly monitor and observe the developments in two weeks to enable them to come up with a “fact-based” decision.

“Much as I want to open up the economy more, but based on data and our situation, we will observe and analyze for two more weeks if we could indeed already allow cinemas to re-open,” Rubiano said in Flipino during a Bombo Radyo interview.

The local government said there are some 20 cinemas in the city.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) issued a memorandum to allow cinemas to re-open in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) at 25 percent capacity.

Octa Research noted that Pasay has had a 203 percent increase in cases during a two-day period in February, prompting the local government to impose a “localized community quarantine” in 77 villages.

Pasay, which is currently under GCQ, has logged 8,348 cases, 553 of which are active, 7,576 recoveries, and 219 deaths.