Keeping Our Cinemas Alive – 26 March 2021

For many, cinemas are an important cultural and community space and have been particularly hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.

I was very concerned that the Government stated they would only be supporting “viable” jobs through the pandemic. I believe this is a misguided approach because many jobs and businesses that were viable before the pandemic will be viable after the pandemic.

I am a strong supporter of our local highstreets and their importance to people’s lives up and down the country. Cinemas are a part of what draws people to spend time in our town centres with the obvious consequences for our social lives and local economies.

While the Government has provided some financial support to the hospitality, entertainment and arts sectors, it hasn’t been enough to avoid significant job losses and business closures.

I commend the work of the Unions in fighting for jobs and safety of hospitality workers, and the actions of local leaders representing their communities.