TEHRAN (Iran News) – National Headquarters for Managing and Fighting the Coronavirus agreed to open cinemas, theaters, and concert halls in Iran as of June 21.
Iran President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that cinemas, theaters, and concert halls can reopen only if they sell tickets for 50 percent of the seats and abide by all health protocols to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Speaking at a meeting of the National Headquarters for Managing and Fighting the Coronavirus, President Rouhani said language, music, Qur’an, and cinema institutes can also reopen as of June 13 given that they observe all health protocols, IRNA wrote.
It was also decided that kindergartens reopen as of next week.
Iran’s Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance, in separate letters, has already addressed the Ministry of Health and Medical Education to expedite the reopening of cultural and artistic centers while considering the livelihood of people who work in the arts and culture sector.
According to Mohammad Mehdi Tabatabaei-Nejad, the deputy head of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance’s Organization of Cinema and Audiovisual Affairs, it was said on May 19 that Iran’s cinemas might reopen in June.
Even before that, it was slated that cinemas might reopen by Eid al-Fitr (May 24), which marks the end of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, in case everything goes ahead desirably in terms of curbing the spread of the coronavirus.
- source : Iran Daily, Irannews