26th March 2020 – (Hong Kong) Both Mcdonald’s and Cafe De Coral announced that they have suspended dine-in service from 6pm daily to stop social distancing amidst the coronavirus outbreak. Meanwhile, Hong Kong Theatres Association will have a meeting with Commerce and Economic Development Bureau tomorrow to close all cinemas for 14 days from 28th March onwards. Hong Kong Theatres Association will discuss with the government on relief measures and rental reimbursement.
Some cinema operators lamented that the government kept saying that cinemas are high-risk areas but it did not initiate any talks with them. Therefore, Hong Kong Theatres Association has taken the initiative to meet with the government. There are at least 3 cinemas including AMC at Pacific Place, Admiralty, Festival Walk and Entertainment Building in LKF which suspended business operations after infected patients visited their outlets.
If cinemas are closed, AKIRA, the Japanese animated movie scheduled to premiere on 2nd April will be severely affected as over 90% tickets have been pre-sold.