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Inspite of Restrictions (Coronavirus), French Cinema Body Pledges To Keep Theaters Open

France’s main exhibition body, the National Federation of French Cinema (FNCF), said Friday it expects the majority of its members to keep their theaters open.

2020-03-13T18:31:00Z

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New government regulations have been imposed upon in several cinemas, especially owing to the massive Coronavirus outbreak but inspite of that, French cinemas are planning to stay open.

France’s main exhibition body, the National Federation of French Cinema (FNCF), said Friday it expects the majority of its members to keep their theaters open. FNCF managing director Marc-Olivier Sebbag said he was waiting to see the exact wording of the new government decree, which is expected to be published later this afternoon, but that his understanding was that the new rules would not require cinemas to shut down.

“Our understanding is that restrictions would limit numbers to 100 per screen, rather than per cinema complex,” he noted.

In an email to The Hollywood Reporter, the FNCF said it was important that French cinemas remain open to ensure “social continuity” and offer people the opportunity toe “think of other things than the new anguish that now surrounds them.”

"If it is effective, this measure [would allow] it allows cinema activity to continue, and to spectators to keep going to see the movies, in the context that we know,” he said.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced the new restrictions on Friday. The move follows a spike in coronavirus infections in France, which have increased to more than 2,800 confirmed cases, with 61 related deaths.

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