The message on the Regal E-Walk in New York City’s Times Square said, “48 states have reopened theaters so far. Why not New York, Gov. Cuomo? #ReopenOurCinemasNY.”
This is happening due to the battle between exhibitors and Gov. Andrew Cuomo whose administration has yet to allow cinemas to reopen. These exhibitors in New York are using marquees to send a very public message to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Joseph Masher, president of the National Association of Theatre owners in New York, said, “We are owed an answer. We’ve answered every question. He said theaters would be next, but that was almost a month ago. And then crickets.”
They have been waiting for the order to open the cinema even while allowing indoor restaurants, gyms, churches and other public-facing businesses to resume operation. Although the exhibitors are following the new protocols addressing safety in the COVID-19 era
Richard Azzopardi, senior adviser to Cuomo, said in a statement, “We understand some people are unhappy, but you know what? Better unhappy than sick or worse. We’re moving heaven and earth trying to stop a second wave and people need to acknowledge that we’re still in a pandemic and start to act like it.”
Even New Mexico, California have been allowed the partial reopening.
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