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Cineworld is set to close temporarily in the UK in a few weeks time due to the coronavirus postponing big-budget films.

The firm is writing to Boris Johnson stating that the movie industry is now not capable of working successfully during this pandemic. With the delays in new releases of big-budget films such as 007 film No Time To Die that has been postponed twice until April 2021, has now put 5,500 jobs at risk. Staff are currently being asked to accept redundancy.

In September, Cineworld reported a £1.3 billion loss as the cinemas had to close due to coronavirus restrictions.

The chief executive of the UK Cinema Association, Phil Clapp, said: “Although cinemas opened in July and have been able to deliver a safe and enjoyable experience, without major new titles then we understand we aren’t able to get as many people out of the home as we’d like.”

Cineworld hopes to reopen their cinemas in the UK next year in hopes that the staff will rejoin the company once the theatres open.

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