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Cineplex request to boost capacity in Ontario theatres 'on the table': Ford

Ontario Premier Doug Ford says health officials are considering Cineplex's proposal to increase the number of people allowed inside multiplex theatres.

Company asks for exception for multiplex theatres to current cap of 50 people per building

A Cineplex Odeon movie theatre is pictured in Vancouver, British Columbia on Tuesday July 9, 2019. In Ontario, Cineplex has asked for an exception to the current cap of 50 people per building, in order to make opening its multiplex theatres viable. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

Ontario Premier Doug Ford says health officials are considering Cineplex's proposal to increase the number of people allowed inside multiplex theatres.

The province's Stage 3 reopening guidelines cap a movie theatre's occupancy at 50 guests per building, regardless of how many screens it operates.

But Ford says he agrees with Cineplex's suggestion that it doesn't make financial sense to reopen a theatre with about a dozen auditoriums, only to "put two or three people in each cinema."

Cineplex has asked the province to reconsider the current rule, saying it would lose money by reopening locations in the province.

Ford says Cineplex's proposal is "on the table," but that any changes would have to be approved by the chief medical officer.

He says health officials would like to see the number of COVID-19 cases on a steady decline first.

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