Prayut to propose to CCSA to reopen cinemas and authorize filmmaking

Fans of the big screen may have good news ahead, as Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has agreed to pass on a proposal from the Creative Industry and Artist Network to reopen theaters and allow film making again.

The Prime Minister met with representatives of the network which acts as a lobbying force on behalf of more than 40 entertainment industry organizations as well as individual artists at the national and local levels. The meeting was held by video conference and Prime Minister Prayut was sensitive to the plight of the industry during Covid-19.

The network advocated for film crews to resume filming across the country to produce new content. They also proposed easing restrictions to allow cinemas and other arts venues to reopen in low-risk areas to share that content. Cinemas have had to deal with repeated closures due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

A government spokesperson said the prime minister had listened to their demands and assured them that he agreed with their proposal and would forward it to the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, which is the body director who would ultimately have control of the decision.

He suggested that the CCSA review the proposal and create the restrictions and regulations necessary to allow a safe working environment for all those struggling due to Covid-19 in the creative and arts industry.

Prime Minister Prayut also pledged to work for financial relief for the industry, including financial aid programs such as soft loans and tax breaks in an effort to maintain the creditworthiness of filmmakers and other artistic businesses during the pandemic. .

SOURCE: National Bureau of Information of Thailand

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