Amid considerations over the coronavirus unfold, and together with the cancellation of the Sydney Movie Pageant, there have been some cinema closures in Australia, whereas iconic TV cleaning soap Neighbours has briefly shut down manufacturing.

Within the case of the previous, Melbourne-based exhibition chain Palace Cinemas has mentioned it’ll shutter all of its places from tomorrow (March 19) for an indefinite interval. The group operates 20 websites throughout the nation and made the “tough determination” to shut following new directives from the Ouncesgovernment.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s workplace issued measures at this time that embody limiting “non-essential” indoor gatherings of greater than 100 individuals. Outside occasions of lower than 500 attendees are nonetheless allowed to proceed.

“The states and territories will give additional consideration to sensible steerage and guidelines for non-essential indoor gatherings of fewer than 100 individuals (together with workers) corresponding to cinemas, theatres, eating places/cafes, pubs, golf equipment, weddings and funerals,” the federal government mentioned. This data shall be thought-about on the subsequent Nationwide Cupboard assembly which is because of happen on Friday. “Within the meantime, these venues ought to proceed to use social distancing and hygiene practices.”

It’s at the moment unclear if greater chains Occasion Cinemas and Hoyts are closing their auditoriums. Nevertheless, the latter has launched in-cinema seat separation because it recommends social distancing. Smaller circuit, Dendy Cinemas has additionally not introduced closures, however mentioned on its web site that together with having already lowered capability, it has applied staggered seating and can launch screening occasions each day given the unsure nature of the scenario.

Australia is a significant market, and field workplace is sharply down within the early a part of March as in comparison with final yr. Elsewhere, U.S. chains went darkish this week whereas majors within the UK introduced closures on Tuesday, becoming a member of key European markets like France, Spain and Italy.

In the meantime, manufacturing on long-running cleaning soap opera Neighbours — which helped launch the careers of such stars as Margot Robbie and Man Pearce — has been halted amid the pandemic. In line with 10Each day, Community 10 and Fremantle Media mentioned at this time that the present would take “a brief break to make sure the manufacturing mannequin in place can stand up to any potential influence of the present COVID-19 scenario.” The break is at the moment on account of final solely till subsequent Monday with no interruption to the published schedule.