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Almost 5,000 layoffs at Cineplex after Ontario closes film theatres

Almost 5,000 layoffs at Cineplex after Ontario closes film theatres

Cineplex Inc. says it has quickly laid off almost 5,000 part-time workers due to mandated closures of its Ontario film theatres to sort out the surge of the Omicron variant.

Spokeswoman Sarah Van Lange says Canada’s largest film chain will get its workers again to work “as soon as and for all” as quickly because the restrictions are lifted.

New COVID-19 public well being measures introduced by Ontario Premier Doug Ford on Monday resulted within the closure of 67 Cineplex theatres together with indoor live performance venues, museums, galleries and different points of interest.

The provincial restrictions additionally require eating places and bars to halt indoor eating and stop promoting alcohol after 10 p.m.

The insurance policies meant to curtail the province’s hovering COVID-19 circumstances are anticipated to stay in place till not less than Jan. 26.

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The Toronto-based firm stated it might provide full refunds to prospects who had booked tickets upfront.

© 2022 The Canadian Press

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