All Cineplex movie theatres across the country, including Galaxy Cinemas Chatham, are closing until April, 2, 2020.
Ellis Jacob, president and CEO for Cineplex, said in a statement that the Cineplex team has been closely monitoring COVID-19.
“Concerns about the virus continue to escalate,” Jacob said.
“The health and safety of our employees and guests is paramount and while measures like enhanced cleaning protocols and social-distancing policies were put in place, the time has come for us to do more.”
Based on the publicly stated guidance from multiple public health authorities, including recent government directives and the escalating dangers of community spread, Jacob said Cineplex is temporarily closing their network of entertainment venues.
“This includes the closure of all locations of The Rec Room and Playdium, as well as our entire circuit of 165 theatres across Canada beginning tonight (March 16, 2020) through to April 2, 2020.”
Jacob said all bookings will be cancelled for a full refund, including private theatre bookings, individual and group reservations at The Rec Room and Playdium, as well as guests with advanced tickets to see a movie in one of their theatres.
“We greatly appreciate your understanding and look forward to welcoming you back soon,” Jacob said.
“Until then, please be well and take care of yourselves.”
The World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared COVID-19 as a pandemic on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Details, here.
For a list of local cancellations, postponement and further updates, click here.