ROME, 01 MAR – The date of 27 March “cannot however be considered the restart of the sector, but the first symbolic step of its path. The current epidemiological conditions impose restrictive measures on exhibitors such as not to allow the market to restart in a structured way “. This is the position of cinema exhibitors (ANEC). Which underline “we need sustainable measures”. And they thank Franceschini for having assured this morning that the aid to the sector will also continue with the reopening to accompany companies out of the emergency. The exhibitors recall having submitted to the ministry, together with the entire cinema industry sector and distribution partners, “a protocol, starting from the one with which it worked in October, with the strengthening of some measures, but not an upheaval”. While from the analysis of the Technical Scientific Committee, they point out, “extremely restrictive conditions would be imposed that would not allow the release of new films in theaters, inhibiting the reopening of most of the cinemas, forced into an economic unsustainability of the activity”. For the association, however, “the statements of the minister this morning are fundamental, for which we thank him, in which the knowledge of the dynamics of the film sector fully emerges, underlining how we wanted to undertake a symbolic but necessary path with the date of 27 March, and the aid to the sector for the period of closure and support to accompany companies out of the emergency are reaffirmed ”. Hence the hope: “We are confident in a consolidation of the vaccination plan that will allow in April to review the severe restrictions required at present and to finally be able to talk about the restart of the cinema market, with gradual strengthening of product releases enriched gradually by international blockbusters “. (HANDLE).