Some good news to report? I mean, it’s a stretch, but at least it shows signs of normalcy.
According to Variety, over 500 theaters across China have reopened. It still represents less than 5% of all cinemas in commercial operation, but hey, it’s a start.
Data from private-sector ticketing firm Maoyan showed that venues had opened in five provinces: far-flung Xinjiang; Shangdong, a coastal province that lies between Beijing and Shanghai; southern, landlocked province Sichuan; and two populous coastal regions, Fujian and Guangdong, which border Hong Kong.
Still though, not many people are going to the theater yet. On Friday, one of the first days the theaters reopened, ticket sales were less than $2,000. Some theaters didn’t move a single ticket.
But there is hope that as the weeks progress, more theaters will open and slowly things will return to normal. After all, China has managed (thanks to severe restrictions) to suppress the virus.
On Monday, China reported no new local cases of the virus, but confirmed 39 infections brought in from overseas, and nine more deaths, all in Wuhan, where the virus had its epicenter. Wuhan has not registered any new cases of Covid-19 for five consecutive days.