Filmgarde Cineplexes announced in a statement that it would stop operating in its cinemas from today (May 18) until May 31 as soon as possible.
A spokesman said the pause in operations would apply to all three of its outlets in Century Square, Bugis + and Leisure Park Kallang.
It will reopen them when it considers the business conditions to be correct.
Filmgarde is Singapore’s first and only film operator to voluntarily stop operations without the need to do so.
Filmgarde staff will continue to receive their salaries during the temporary closure, with the break also to protect the health of its front-line staff.
This move comes when Singapore has returned to the transition Phase 2 (increased alert) to slow the transmission of the Covid-19 virus.
To reduce the risks of community transmission, indoor “disguise” activities, such as eating at F&B establishments, have ceased as of Monday (May 17). Other activities that will also not be allowed during this period include a strong indoor exercise class or intense individual and group sports and indoor exercise activities.
Cinemas can accommodate up to 50 people in a screening room without pre-event rehearsals and with safe distances and groups limited to two people. Food and beverages cannot be consumed in the cinema facilities.
The measures will be implemented until June 13 and have significantly affected the box office. In addition, versions of Hollywood have been delayed or moved to online platforms.
Sherman Ong, director of Filmgarde Cineplexes, said in a statement that the company “fully supports regulatory measures” and that Filmgarde will closely monitor the situation.
“Cinema is a much-loved social experience in Singapore and we look forward to reopening it in the coming days,” Sherman said.
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