The National Association of Cinemas and Film Theaters (NVBF) warns that several cinemas cannot financially cope with a longer closure if there is no more extensive support. The organization therefore advocates expanding the support measures if cinemas and theaters are not allowed to open after 15 March.
According to the organization, many Dutch cinema companies are not yet eligible for support measures for fixed costs, which means they are now in trouble.
If the halls still have to remain closed, the organization wants the content and implementation of the allowance to be reviewed and expanded.
The association previously announced that cinemas and movie theaters have not turned out to be trouble spots for corona infections.
In addition, the cinemas have drawn up a protocol for a safe cinema visit. For example, tickets would only be sold on reservation, visitors were assigned a fixed seat and visitors were only allowed to enjoy a snack and non-alcoholic drink while seated in the cinema.
The NVBF therefore hopes that the cabinet will announce on 8 March that the cinemas and film theaters may open their doors again.