Cinema association rages about lockdown: "We are madly angry!"

German cinemas have brought millions of people back to the screen in the past few months. Now they have to close again in Saxony.

From Julia Kilian

Dresden / Berlin – With films like “James Bond: No Time to Die” the Germans have Cinemas has brought millions of people back to the big screen in the past few months. Now they have to be in Saxony close again due to increasing numbers of infections.

An empty cinema in the Dresden film theater “Schauburg”. © Thomas Türpe

“We are in the middle of the fourth wave, and the government has not managed to prepare us in any way,” said Christine Berg, head of the Association of German Film Theaters (HDF) in Berlin: “We are madly angry.”

Several federal states have recently tightened their rules, also to prevent the intensive care units from being overloaded. “We have to take care of each other,” said Berg. The goal must be that the virus does not spread so quickly. It was acted too late, and the requirements are now excessive and not the same for everyone.

Large parts of public life in Saxony were restricted. Except for the libraries, all cultural and leisure facilities, bars, clubs and discos will remain closed. Tourists are no longer allowed to stay overnight and restaurants are only allowed to open between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. with the 2G rule.

Current corona situation in Saxony: so high are incidences and hospital bed occupancy rates
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Current corona situation in Saxony: so high are incidences and hospital bed occupancy rates

Berg criticizes the fact that cinemas have to close while restaurants are allowed to open. Some of the cinemas obeyed stricter rules than necessary.

She is also skeptical about the 2G plus rule. Then, for example, you would only be allowed to go to the cinema if you had a negative test in addition to the vaccination. Berg fears that this could be too much of a hassle for some. She demanded that nationwide test stations and additional funding would be needed in this case.

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