Jakarta cinemas won’t reopen on July 29 as pandemic rages on

A Starium theatre at CGV Grand Indonesia in Oct 2019. <em>Photo: Nadia Vetta Hamid for Coconuts Media</em>
A Starium theatre at CGV Grand Indonesia in Oct 2019. Photo: Nadia Vetta Hamid for Coconuts Media

Put your cinematic expectations on hold as cinemas in Jakarta — previously slated for reopening on July 29 — will remain closed for the unforeseeable future.

The announcement was made by the Jakarta Provincial Government’s Tourism and Creative Economy Agency (Disparekraf) today.

“[The reopening of cinemas] is delayed until it’s safe,” Jakarta Disparekraf Head Cucu Ahmad Kurnia told reporters today, citing hundreds of daily new COVID-19 cases in the capital as the main reason behind the decision.

It’s not yet known when cinemas in Jakarta can reopen.

The Indonesian Cinema Management Association (GPBSI) announced earlier this month that cinema chains throughout the country will simultaneously reopen starting July 29. 

Cinemas across the country have been closed since March, following confirmation of the first COVID-19 cases. Some of Indonesia’s largest cinema chains in Indonesia said that they have been conducting regular maintenance and cleaning, such as spraying disinfectant liquids, during the closures.

Also Read — Jakarta under pressure to bring back lockdown as COVID-19 cases rise amid loosened restrictions

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