Every word of Fernando Simon undergoes scrutiny. Everything is analyzed and everyone takes a position. It is the highest authority in Spain on the coronavirus, and their opinions are essential in taking action. Therefore, the words said by the director of CCAES when asked why other countries are closing cinemas and theaters -and also in Barcelona, where the Generalitat will do it for two weeks- have been received as an attack.
“It is because of the risks associated with the entrances and exits of those shows and the post-cinema and post-theater. People, once they go to the theater or the cinema, do not pick themselves up directly at home, but rather get together and go to bars and that interests not favor it “, said Simón. This cut quickly went viral, meeting the opposition of the entire sector who recalled the motto of all these months: “Culture is safe.”
It is true that Simón had asked just before that “we cannot stigmatize or blame a sector that is doing things very well and where practically no specific risk of concrete transmission has been detected”, but he also made it clear that no measure is ruled out .
“This does not mean that at some point it does not have to be done, but now as we are in Spain, perhaps it will not improve transmission substantially, and what there is is to apply the measures that are being applied, well. It is not necessary to apply always reactive measures to what other countries do and say, “he settled.
Despite this, the sector was singled out, and just at a time when the cultural industries are dying. Several cinemas have already had to close, and many are concerned about a future in which the big premieres do not arrive and lagenre must be convinced that theaters and cinemas are safe places.
In fact, from the ministry itself a campaign has been carried out in recent months for this purpose, and a report recently came out in which it was clear that in cultural activities there has only been one outbreak of 8,488 detected and that there was no been in a movie theater, according to data from the Ministry of Health.
It is because of the risks associated with the entrances and exits of those shows and the post-cinema and post-theater. People, once they go to the theater or the cinema, are not picked up directly at home
Many movie theaters took advantage of the social network to remember these data after Simón’s statement, which set fire to Twitter, causing many messages from the industry against it. The actor Rubén Ochandiano declared in his account that he did not give credit. credit. “This man says that the danger of the theaters / cinemas is later leisure, and he does not realize the spit in his face that this supposes for the Culture sector ?! Intolerable, do not play with our bread,” he wrote.
His colleague Pepe Ocio showed that Simón’s statements could be “detrimental to our sector” and recalled that “in theaters, the exit is done in order and in rows, in an orderly manner and with all the security measures”, he also questioned : “How can there be” post cinema or theater “if there is a curfew?”.
Many journalists from the sector, those responsible for showrooms and distribution companies have also stated that these statements can signal the sector to take action.