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Prayut to propose to CCSA to reopen theatres, allow filmmaking

Neill Fronde

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FILE PHOTO: PM Prayut said he would pass on a proposal to reopen theatres to the CCSA.

Fans of the silver screen may have some good news coming soon, as Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has agreed to pass on a proposal from the Creative Industry and Artist Network to reopen theatres and to allow filmmaking to proceed 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 on a national and local level. The meeting took place through video conferencing and PM Prayut was sympathetic to the plight of the industry during Covid-19.

The network pleaded to allow film crews to resume filming around the country in order to produce new content. They also proposed relaxing restrictions to allow movie theatres and other arts venues to reopen in low-risk areas in order to share that content. Cinemas have faced repeated closures due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

A government spokesperson said that the Prime Minister listen to their requests and assured them that he agreed with their proposal and would pass it on to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, which is the governing body that would ultimately have control over the decision.

He suggested that the CCSA would look over the proposal and create the necessary restrictions and regulations to allow for a safe work environment for all the people struggling because of Covid-19 in the creative and arts industry.

PM Prayut also promised to work for financial relief for the industry including financial aid programs like soft loans and allowing tax breaks in an attempt to keep filmmakers and other artistic businesses solvent during the pandemic.

SOURCE: National News Bureau of Thailand

 

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Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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