Filmgarde Cineplexes announced in a statement that it will suspend operations of its theaters from today (May 18) until May 31 at the earliest.
A spokesperson said the break in operations would apply to all of its three outlets in Century Square, Bugis + and Leisure Park Kallang.
He will reopen them when he judges that the trading conditions are good.
Filmgarde is the first and only cinema operator in Singapore to voluntarily cease operations without the need to do so.
Filmgarde staff will continue to receive their salaries during the temporary closure, with the break also serving to protect the health of their frontline staff.
The move comes as Singapore has returned to phase 2 (heightened alert) to curb the transmission of the Covid-19 virus.
To reduce the risk of community transmission, indoor “masking” activities such as meals in F&B establishments have ceased since Monday, May 17. Other activities that will also not be permitted during this period include intensive indoor exercise classes or individual and group indoor physical and sports activities.
Cinemas can accommodate up to 50 people in one room per screening without pre-event testing, and with a safe distance and groups limited to two people. Food and drink should not be consumed on cinema premises.
The measures will be in place until June 13 and have had a significant impact on box office revenue. Additionally, Hollywood releases have been delayed or moved to online platforms.
Sherman Ong, director of Filmgarde Cineplexes, said in a statement that the company “fully supports the regulatory measures” and that Filmgarde will closely monitor the situation.
“Going to the movies is a popular social experience in Singapore and we look forward to reopening in the next few days,” Sherman said.
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