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Cinema owners are asking New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to reopen theaters in parts of the state with low coronavirus infection rates in an effort to save one of the struggling industry’s biggest markets.
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The Global Cinema Federation (GCF) sent a letter to the governor’s office calling on him to build a path for theater owners to safely reopen in the hopes that the key market the state represents will help jumpstart the box office, which has seen numerous studios postpone new releases for fear that no one will be able to see them.
The letter begins by acknowledging the work that Cuomo has done to combat the coronavirus in New York, one of the parts of the country hit hardest at the onset of the pandemic in March.
“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 states (via Deadline). “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.”
PEOPLE ARE CHOOSING TO STREAM EASY-TO-WATCH CONTENT DURING CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC