One of the many casualties of the coronavirus pandemic was movie theaters as states and cities across the country began to shutdown. There have been many discussions about the future of film in the post-COVID world, but now some movie theater owners are warning of what may actually happen.
According to a letter obtained by Variety, the executive committee of the Global Cinema Foundation has written a letter to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo urging him to reopen indoor movie theaters within the states.
The committee — which operates major cinemas like AMC, Cinemark, and Cineplex — warn that many theaters will not survive if the shutdown continues.
“We recognize your commitment to ensuring that the citizens of New York remain safe and protected from COVID-19. With certain zip codes in New York seeing spikes of the virus, we are, of course, not suggesting that you open the entire state at once,” the letter said. “We are, however, requesting that you adopt a plan similar to that in California, where Governor Newsom has allowed openings on a county-by-county basis according to virus data.
“Without new movies to play in our cinemas, many members of the global exhibition community will be forced to close their doors again. Many of these companies will not survive.”
Currently, 48 states across the United States have reopened the doors to indoor cinemas.
The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).
The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.
While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 7.53 million confirmed cases and 214,000 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.