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Coronavirus: Situation der Kinos

Due to the emergency of COVID-19 spreading all over the world, many cinemas have been forced to reduce their accessibility or, in many cases, to close temporarily.

In these difficult times, as we are following up the situation of arthouse cinemas closing and working under impossible conditions, we want them to know that we are supportive of them, gathering information about measures taken internationally and being in touch with politicians to keep the awareness about arthouse cinemas and people working in them.

Resources:

We will keep sharing information about how things are tackled in different countries and are happy to receive and answer questions at info@cicae.org and to hear about encouraging stories from cinemas and their audiences worldwide.

Situation of cinemas

Here below, you can find the situation divided per country and the measures taken so far in each of them (we will update the information anytime we know of any changes).  Additional information available also on EFAD (European Film Agencies) website.

Austria

Update: 13.03.2020

Situation in the country

Cinemas closed, Tirol in quarantine.

Not more than 5 people gathering allowed.

Supporting measures taken

For Art workers
Art workers to contact the Ministry of Culture at kunstkultur@bmkoes.gv.at and they have a FAQ section at https://www.bmkoes.gv.at/Themen/Corona/Corona-Kunst-und-Kultur.html

Crisis Management Fund

The government created a crisis management fund of 4 billion € to support the affected facilities. The way it will be divided not yet decided

Events funded by public money

Supported events/organisations funded from public money will have their contracts revised; contractual engagements will be accepted as expenses, but further expenses of cancelled events might not be accepted. Programmed payments will be made as quick as possible.

Belgium

Situation in the country

UPDATE 18.03.2020

Cinemas are closed

Supporting measures taken

  • As a temporary measure, French speaking Belgian films that were to be released in theaters starting mid March will directly go on local TVoD services (Proximus, BeTV, etc…). A promotion campaign led by the national film fund (CCA) “Le Cinéma belge à la maison” will be launched soon in order to promote these releases and also inform people about where to find Belgian content on all Belgian platforms.
  • The theatrical support scheme will be adapted to cover costs for online distribution. After the crisis, cinema theaters will be able to release film if there is still an interest (the focus might however be on other films).
  • A new law will be published to postpone schemes deadlines and the rule will be to be more flexible.

Bulgaria

Situation in the country

UPDATE 18.03.2020 – Cinemas are closed

Supporting measures taken

 

Canada / Québec

Situation in the country

  • Cinemas are all closed

Supporting measures taken

UPDATE 17.03.2020: – General governmental help: Temporary Aid for Workers Program – for workers who, because they are in isolation to counter the propagation of the COVID-19 virus, cannot earn all of their work income and are not eligible for another financial assistance program. The lump-sum amount granted to an eligible person is $573 per week, for a period of 14 days of isolation. If justified by your state of health, the coverage period for an eligible person could be extended to a maximum of 28 days.

UPDATE 18.03.2020 GENERAL MEASURES https://www.canada.ca/en/services/business/maintaingrowimprovebusiness/resources-for-canadian-businesses.html
Support for employees: temporarily boosting Canada Child Benefit payments, offering emergency support benefit
Support for businesses: deferring tax payments until 31 August, new business credit made available, 10% wage subsidy for small businesses for the next 90 days, emergency care beneift for the next 90 days for self-employed, increased credit available for farmers

UPDATE CULTURAL SECTOR – SODEC and Ministry of Culture: https://sodec.gouv.qc.ca/covid-19-mesures-de-la-sodec-pour-soutenir-ses-clienteles/
Advancement of grant payments under certain regular programs (PADISQ, all assistance components, including additional touring assistance).
Advance payment of second tranches of grants under certain regular programs, in the book, music and variety, arts and crafts, film promotion and distribution, international affairs and export sectors.
All grants for the organization of or participation in a national or international event postponed, modified or cancelled due to COVID-19 will be evaluated.
Postponement, for a period of three months beginning March 16, 2020, of the repayment of capital and interest loans, for all companies financed in direct loans by SODEC’s merchant bank. SODEC has also set up a monitoring unit to document the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis on Quebec cultural enterprises. New measures could be deployed.

China

Situation in the country

Cinemas were closed since 24.01.2020, now, since 17.03.2020 slowly trying to reopen

UPDATE 20.03.2020:

Until the end of March the reopening cinemas are going to play Chinese blockbusters; in April the cinemas would start to play also catalogue titles

Measures taken

UPDATE 19.03.2020

  • The Beijing Municipal Film Bureau has opened up applications for a first round of “specialized film industry development funding” to support local cinemas affected by coronavirus.
  • The Beijing film bureau will make three categories of funds available to cinemas that apply for them before March 27.
  • Authorities in southern Guangdong province announced that they planned to allocate nearly $7 million in funds to support the region’s 1,337 cinemas, which were ordered shut Jan. 24. If the proposal is approved, cinemas will receive between $1,430 and $44,300 (RMB10,000 to RMB310,000), proportionate to how much they earned in box office receipts last year.
  • Other regions vaguely worded support plans.

Croatia

Situation in the country

Max 100 people allowed in public spaces, but it is recommended to avoid them. Many cinemas have closed.

Measures taken

As of now no funds or support from the government.

Czech Republic

Situation in the country

Cinemas are closed

Measures taken

 

Denmark

Situation in the country

Cinemas are closed; borders are closed

Measures taken

General measures:

  • Denmark covering up to 75% of the wages of employees if companies don’t cut staff; Employees will be obliged to take five days of mandatory vacation or time off from work

Film Industry:

  • Payments below 20.000 € can be made until 27th March by the DFI New distribution initiatives – to screen a film at home – are welcomed and can be funded on individual basis.
  • After 27th March the DFI will get back with next steps (in collaboration with the sector).
  • In addition: The Danish government has announced 3 compensation programmes – they are not specific earmarked for the AV sector – but the film value chain/entertainment sector is included – incl. that cinemas can be compensated + SMEs etc.

Estonia

Situation in the country

Cinemas are closed

Measures taken

 

Finland

Situation in the country

Measures taken

Hopefully counting on insurance payment in case of closure due to pressure from local government

UPDATE 17.03.2020
Minister of Finance Katri Kulmuni (Centre) on Monday said the government also intends to fast-track a supplementary budget worth 100 million euros to the Parliament. Mostly covering social and health care costs and funding for businesses hit by the epidemic, the budget is to be discussed in the Parliament on Friday. A total of five billion euros has been earmarked for the first phase of the emergency, according to Kulmuni.

France

French arthouse cinemas can contact AFCAE for more information and support.

Information avaiable also on the website of the Federation Nationale des Cinémas Fraçais.

Situation in the country

UPDATE 14.03.2020: Cinemas to be closed

UPDATE 17.03.2020: movement of people restricted in the whole country.  

People allowed to go out for shopping groceries or for their work, to work, for health reasons, to support the family or elderly people, short walks nearby the house for personal physical activity or for the benefit of pets, excluding sport group activities. Document necessary for any other reason leaving the house

Supporting measures taken

4 emergency measures announced by the CNC :

  1. Accelerated payment in March of the grants for the 1200 registered arthouse cinemas;
  2. Accelerated payment in March of selective support to distribution companies;
  3. Possibility for exhibitors of deferring the payments of the tax on cinema admissions in 2020;
  4. Introduction of a measure enabling exhibitors, distributors and producers to mobilise their support funds in advance.

Film industry organisations asked the Ministry of Culture new exceptional measures be taken – with additional public funding – to support all the structures, especially the most fragile

UPDATE 17.03.2020: CNC suspends collecting the tax on admission for the month of March

UPDATE 18.03.2020 http://www.lefilmfrancais.com/cinema/146088/coronavirus-le-ministere-de-la-culture-annonce-une-serie-de-mesures: The CNC additionally continues paying out subventions; events that have received grants are going to receive the promised funds even if they don’t take place. The IFCIC (French credit institution for financing cultural industries) is adapting its support measures, e.g., a systematic three-month capital repayment deductible motivated by the context of the epidemic may be granted. The Minister of Culture, joint by professional organisations, employee and employer trade unions and collective management bodies, also wishes to study specific support measures to accompany all artist-authors. The Minister of Culture and the Minister of Labour are currently working on specific measures in favour of intermittent workers in the performing arts (performers and technicians), which are intended to be implemented rapidly. Franck Riester asks the most financially solid structures to show solidarity by paying the planned transfers to the companies and by honouring the fees of the intermittent workers.

UPDATE 2 19.03.2020 http://www.lefilmfrancais.com/cinema/146104/coronavirus-mesures-en-faveur-des-intermittents-et-salaries-du-secteur-culturel
new measures by the Minister of Employment and Minister of Culture for the period starting with 15.03.2020 – elimination of :

  • the calculation of the reference period giving entitlement to unemployment insurance and social rights for intermittent workers in the entertainment industry (performers and technicians), so as not to penalize intermittent workers who cannot work and acquire rights during this phase of the coronavirus epidemic;
  • the calculation and payment of unemployment insurance benefits for intermittent workers (performers and technicians) and other employees (short contracts, etc.) in the cultural sector, so that people who lose their rights during this phase of the epidemic can continue to receive compensation.
  • Measures to be put in place after the end of the epidemic

Germany

German arthouse cinemas can contact the AG Kino Gilde team for more information and support.

More updated information in German on the AG Kino website.

Situation in the country

  • All cinemas, operas, theatres (+ schools, kindergarden, etc.) closed starting Monday, 16.03.2020, until then in many cases working with reduced capacities
  • Already in the weeks before film releases falling out

Supporting measures taken

The German Umbrella Organisation of Film Industry Actors (SPIO) asks in a press release the German government to guarantee liquidity, secure financial emergency shortfalls and to make funding more flexible.

The German Federal Ministry of Culture Foundation and the cultural funds of the individual German States will put in place financial emergency measures for the cultural industry (including cinemas):

No request for reimbursement from organisers of publicly funded events that need cancelling because of the state of emergency.

In general terms, the Ministry of Finances and the Ministry for Economy and Energy starts emergency measures based on 4 principles[3]:

  1. Stabilizing the payment of short-term employment
  2. Tax liquidity aid for companies
  3. Reducing the limit for credit to allow companies to continue work even in time of disturbed economic chains
  4. Participation with 25 milliards of € in a “Corona Response Initiative“ of the EU Commission

Greece

Update: 13.03.2020

Situation in the country

  • Since the 12th of March cinemas and public places are closed.
  • People travelling to Greece are put into a 14 day quarantine.
  • In the region of Kozani 2 villages are in absolute quarantine.

Supporting measures taken

There’s a plan from the government to help private businesses with the salary payment of employees, to give the 50% of the money and the other 50% will be covered from EU funding. That’s what has been stated, nothing has been implemented yet

Hungary

Situation in the country

  • UPDATE: 16.03.2020 cinemas and cultural institutions closed by decree, starting midnight.

Supporting measures taken

Employees places in quarantine receive a sick leave allowance equivalent of 70% of their wages from the government

Meeting to be held with the director of the National Film Institute to request a compensation for arthouse cinemas

UPDATE 16.03.:  Proposition to offer unemployment money for 9 months instead of 3 months; measures still in debate in the Parliament

India

Situation in the country

Cinemas are closed

Supporting measures taken

 

Ireland

Situation in the country

  • All cultural institutions are to be closed until March 29th, indoor gatherings of more than 100 people banned; outdoor gatherings of more than 500 cancelled.
  • Cinemas have adopted new seating arrangements, cleaning procedures and more to stay open for business.

Supporting measures taken

  • The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has said that organisations funded under Arts Council strategic funding, arts centre funding, arts grant funding and the festival investment scheme will have their funding commitments honoured, and that there will be no financial penalties for organisations or individuals who cannot deliver key services because of closure due to Covid 19.
  • Organisations who may face cashflow challenges during this time will be able to draw down up to 90% of Arts Council funding with immediate effect.
  • UPDATE 18.03.2020 https://www.screenireland.ie/news/fis-eireann-screen-ireland-commits-to-initial-range-of-measures-to-support
    Existing development and production loan offers which are due to expire in the coming months will all be extended to 31st May 2020.
    Additional marketing and distribution support for upcoming Irish film and TV releases during this period will be provided – Skills development opportunities for industry practitioners, with Screen Skills Ireland delivering some of its planned activity for 2020 online free-of-charge over the next 6-10 weeks.

Italy

Situation in the country

  • The whole film industry in stand-by: since the 8th of March all the cinemas closed & all the distributors have postponed their releases – decree of closure currently valid until April 3rd, with possible extension.
  • Before, temporarily, the cinemas had social distancing measures, but very low attendance, with -93% attendance the week before full closure
  • Foreseeable difficulties, because of the big number of releases on the same period.

Supporting measures taken

  • Taxes and other payments (such as rent loans) are deferred and currently blocked.
  • The trade unions (SLC-CGIL; FISTEL -CISL; UILCOM UIL) of the audiovisual industry presented a statement to the Ministry of Culture, requesting the implementation of the Guarantee Fund provided for by the Cinema Law; starting amount 5 million €
  • In addition, the producers’ associations, in agreement with the trade unions and representatives of the actors and authors, have prepared a series of proposals to be submitted to the Ministry of Culture: general and declined proposals for the various parts of the supply chain (production, distribution, operation, post-production) to promote an Extraordinary Intervention Fund.
  • UPDATE 17.03.2020: Decree “Cura Italia”: http://www.anecweb.it/notiziaevento.php/31914
    – 600,00€ for the employees who are in dismissal mode.
    – taxes blocked until 20.04.2020 for all the cinemas and theatres
    – tax credit to sanification of all work places – remboursement with vouchers for all cancelled screenings and events
    – emergency fund of 130mil.€ for the cultural sector (not yet defined how it will be divided)
    FICE/ANEC are asking the government to to redeem the “Premio d’Essai” (which is given to arthouse cinemas…a bit like the BKM Preis) of 2018 (still havent received those money) and also of 2019. In this way the cinemas can get a “cushion” of financial support to make them breathe a bit. They are also trying to redeem the Tax credits of 2019.

Lebanon

Situation in the country

Cinemas are closed

Supporting measures taken

 

Lithuania

Situation in the country

Cinemas are closed

Supporting measures taken

 

Morocco

Situation in the country

Cinemas and cultural institutions closed since 16.03.2020

Supporting measures taken

  • No governmental help for the cultural sector; cinemas struggling to pay at least 2 months of wage to their employees, no alternative programs offered by cinemas.
  • No collective fund for cinemas or cultural institutions
  • Government aid of 10 billion DH (945 700 000 €) for the health system and for the economy generally to maintain employment and companies
  • Moroccan National Film Center has only made a communication to the producers to not have bigger shooting teams than 30 people

The Netherlands

Situation in the country

  • Max 100 people gathering allowed
  • Many cinemas closed; public events cancelled

Supporting measures taken

UPDATE 17.03.2020:

  • General measures: 10-20 billion € package of help from the Dutch government to employers to be able to pay their staff and freelancers; Temporary Emergency Measure Bridging for Work Preservation: the government pays 75% of wage costs – max 90% in the next 3 months. Condition: employers are not allowed to lay off employees and that wages are paid in full. The scheme also applies to employees with a flexible contract and to on-call workers.
  • Self-employed can apply for help at the municipalities to supplement their income up to the social minimum, for the next three months – legal arrangements not yet in place
  • Cultural (hospitality & travel) entrepreneurs who are directly affected by the measures can receive a one-off sum of 4,000 euros for the next three months. The exact conditions have yet to be worked out + they will be granted a tax deferral for the next 3 months. This applies to income, corporation, wage and turnover taxes (VAT)

UPDATE 19.03.2020

Dutch Film Fund announces first measures to protect film industry:

  • First support for festivals, because they have no reserves
  • New measures to be announced in coming days

UPDATE MINISTRY OF CULTURE:

  • coulance in payments, advances, timing of deliveries for projects already supported
  • implementation of additional measures to counter effects of suspension and/or cancellation of projects, including in (pre-) production
  • additional relief fund for cancelled events, festivals.

Norway

Situation in the country

Cinemas are closed

Supporting measures taken

Norway lowered the VAT by 4% for cinemas, going back to 1.1.2020

Wages covered 100% for 20 days

Poland

Situation in the country

  • All cinemas closed since the 11th of March, borders closed.
  • More and more films are put on VOD platforms without windows respected. UIP declared they are going to put their premieres directly to VOD. Cinemas in Poland doesn’t have their online platforms yet. This is very disturbing for our art.-house industry.

Supporting measures taken

  • Stowarzyszenie Kin Studyjnych Board (SKS = Art-house Cinemas Society) created a letter to the Minister of Culture and the Director of the Polish Film Institute regarding the situation of Studio cinemas, in particular private cinemas and the effects of quarantine, with a request to talk about compensation or other system solutions to prevent the collapse of small and medium-sized enterprises.
  • Art-house Cinemas Society made a proposal for the Ministry of Development to create a loan fund to cover operating costs, which would be repaid only after making profits. Interest-free loan. – here we still need to talk about how it works.
  • Polish Film Institute has a crisis team consisting of film industry professionals of different parts of the industry – next meeting on the 20th of March
  • Media Europa Program – Art-house Cinemas Society asked Marynia Gierat (member of EC Board) to talk about the possibility of diverting funds from international cooperation to support cinemas
  • Media campaign – Art-house Cinemas Society asked well known journalists for articles dedicated to the situation of the Network and in particular private entities. Then we want to interest the topic of local media.
  • Polish Ministry of Culture works on a package of measures: proposal of a programme for institutions that plan to expand their activities with the use of electronic communication channels and forms of presentation of artistic activities on the web & support mechanism for the organisers of events that could not take place due to the introduced restrictions, including film distributors.

Portugal

Situation in the country

UPDATE 20.03.2020 – Cinemas are closed

Supporting measures taken

UPDATE Audiovisual and Film Institute of Portugal

  • ICA will maintain the planned closing dates for the calls for cinema and audiovisual support in 2020.
  • The ICA will maintain and, where possible, speed up the procedures concerning the grant of cinema and audiovisual support.
  • In the ongoing processes each situation will be analyzed, on a case-by-case basis, privileging a protectionist action of the candidates and/or beneficiaries, through the application of the regulations, although with flexibility of some formal requirements.
  • For the time being, the ICA foresees the possibility of flexibility in the execution of the distribution and exhibition plans supported in the scope of the ICA film support programmes and the rules of support for the realization of film festivals in the national territory.
  • The need to maintain general obligations for the beneficiaries of support, namely the need to ensure compliance with the remuneration obligations towards creative, artistic staff or any other worker involved in the implementation of the project, is highlighted.
  • Possibility for cinematographic works to have initial exploitation on television or on on-demand audiovisual media services. The ICA will suspend, until indicated otherwise, and including the month of March, the obligation on exhibitors to withhold 7.5% of the retail price of cinema tickets.
  • Amendments to the regulations of the support programmes in order to increase their flexibility.

Romania

Situation in the country

Public gatherings of more than 100 people banned, film launches cancelled, cinemas not ordered to close, but some choosing to close

Supporting measures taken

  • The National Film Center asked the organisation having events affected by the Coronavirus situation in the period of Jan-June 2020 to ask for their contract of subvention being suspended
  • Currently no measures for the economy at all; discussion about measures potentially support for SME-s, cultural actors involved.

Serbia

Situation in the country

UPDATE 18.03.2020 – Cinemas are closed

Supporting measures taken

 

Slovakia

Situation in the country

  • Cinemas closed, events cancelled by decree on the 10.03.2020, since the 13.03.2020 closed completely
  • Situation aggravated by the fact that Slovakia had elections on February 29 and the new government starts officially in April
  • The Ministry of Culture has not yet submitted to the Fund a contract to provide legally guaranteed state budget funding for the current financial year (the new minister hasn’t validated/signed it yet)

Supporting measures taken

  • No official information on support of the entrepreneurs or the NGOs in general from the government
  • Slovak Audiovisual Fund, released on 17.03.2020 a statement on the changes of conditions for subsidies in 2020. There are several technicalities they are changing and one of them is that cinemas could ask for loan with zero interest : “Operational granting of short-term interest-free loans from the Fund to cover the necessary operating costs, in particular to small cinemas, which do not have a real opportunity to draw financial resources from their reserve or from the founder’s budget”
  • Since independent cinemas (who don’t belong to municipality) have no support in general, it is difficult to arrange things
  • Network of cinemas in Slovakia has already sent an appeal for support to the Prime Minister and Network of independent cultural centers is doing the same
  • For cinemas/events and distributors that face the harshest immediate consequences (they were forced to be closed/cancelled/suspend their activities by the state): there are horizontal measures prepared on the level of state for example by the Ministry of Economy (possible exemption from social and health care contributions for employees affected); also the fund is planning case by case according to individual needs of the companies to apply some of the following measures (e.g. admission of certain expenses even when an event is cancelled or moved, postponement of payments for loans or levies, specific short-term loans to small cinemas)
  • For productions: flexibility in adjusting the projects including their timelines and other measures (for example postponement of the payments of the loans)
  • Funding activities: this will continue with several limitations (including postponement of the presentations of the projects before commissions, administrative flexibility when submitting the applications, applying for support)
  • Continuous evaluation of the situation by the fund with possible other measures to be taken in the near future, also based on the suggestion by the sector that we are collecting and reflecting on.

Slovenia

Situation in the country

  • Cinemas, schools, public places closed since Friday, 13.03.2020 (some closed even earlier according to local/municipal guidelines, when gatherings of max 100 were still allowed)
  • Risk of losing the collaborators working on film education or other topics, because the freelancers will be forced to get a job while the cinemas are closed.

Supporting measures taken

  • So far no proposal to remedy the closure of cinemas (or other cultural institutions) from the government or the Ministry of culture.
  • Art kino mreža Slovenije and several other independent cultural associations will be making public statements, adressing the difficult situation in the cinema sector and will try to liaise with the Ministry of culture – difficult to imagine though because of newly elected right wing government who have established austerity measures last time they were in power
  • As most arthouse cinemas belong to municipalities, there is little support for them – as in they might have their rent payed or the employees wages might be payed. But companies and associations running cinemas have no help.

Spain

Situation in the country

  • UPDATE 16.03.2020: State of alarm starting on the 14.03.2020.: all venues closed (except basic services) & everyone in home-lockdown (except trips to work when home office not possible). Validity of measures 15 days, possible extension of 15 days.
  • Waiting for more info

Supporting measures taken

  • Maybe some help for small companies (and cinemas related to companies), but it might not apply to venues ran by associations or other type of organisations
  • Waiting for concrete financial measures from 17.03.2020 onward.
  • UPDATE 20.03.2020 The government launched a packet ofmeasures for businesses in general, but there are still details to be clarified.
    The two main things are:
    1) More money to be used as “guarantees” for bank credit through the ICO (Instituto de Crédito Oficial)
    2) Flexibility in temporary lay-offs so: a) Every worker will get 70% of their sallary weather they fulfilled the standard conditions or not; b) The social security costs are paid by the state, not the companies.
    No mention of culture specifically or people working in culture or cinemas. Only news mentioning:
    1) messages in social media saying “remember that all this content you’re watching now has been done by artists. please support them”;
    2) The Spanish Film Commmission announcing all shootings are off.

Sweden

Situation in the country

  • Max 500 people gathering allowed
  • some cinemas are already closing or reducing capacity, even if the ban does not affect them.
  • UPDATE : 17.03.2020. Closing of cinemas has not yet been ordered. Meeting of cinema owners on the 17th of March foreseen for measures.

Supporting measures taken

 

Switzerland

Situation in the country

Cinemas not yet closed, but max. 50 people allowed in a public space (cinema, restaurant or any other public space)

Supporting measures taken

For now cinemas work with social distancing and card payments

United Kingdom

Situation in the country

  • No special actions

UPDATE 16.03.2020:

  • Avoidance of cinemas and public spaces recommended, but not ordered by the Prime Minister
  • Odeon, Cineworld and Picturehouse Chains close their venues.

UPDATE 20.03.2020:

  • The Guardian news: Picturehouse/Cineworld makes its cinema staff redundant; Curzon trying to avoid redundancies pays 50% of wages of full time employees and hourly-paid workers would take holiday and then half-pay for two weeks – measures to be revised after two weeks
  • Cinemas ordered to close on the 20.03.2020

Supporting measures taken

UPDATE General Measures by the Government

  • People self-isolating or caring for family members in self-isolation can apply for Statutory Sick Pay, they can apply online
  • Mortgage or rental holiday for 3 months possible, government guarantees for no eviction for 3 months; epayment holidays of 3 months to households in financial difficulty due to COVID-19 for customers who are up to date with the payments
  • SME-s entitled to reclaim the costs of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)
  • Businesses eligible for small business rate relief or rural rate relief in England will be entitled to a one-off cash grant of £10,000
  • Businesses facing cash flow issues as a result of COVID-19 : government will step in as a guarantor for 80% of lendings, for big businesses the Bank of England will buy short term debt from companies

UPDATE 20.03.2020

United States of America

You can follow the trend in US on Art House Convergence website.

Situation in the country

  • Public Health Emergency Declared
  • Some states, amongst which California, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Washington have recommended social distancing and are currently advising against or banning large events.

UPDATE 16.03.2020:

UPDATE 20.03.2020:

Supporting measures taken

Independently gathered good practices and recommendations from member cinemas by the Art House Convergence partly on communication and how to keep cinemas running, but also on how to prepare closure.

UPDATE 23.03.2020:

$2 Trillion Stimulus Package in negotiation to rescue US economy and businesses – including theatres and people working in film industry

Map of temporarily closed arthouse cinemas


To complete the map (created by Art House Convergence), you can register here your arthouse cinema.

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