The association decided to shut down cinema halls due to the fifth wave of the coronavirus pandemic in the country and to pay tribute to the health workers’ attempts as well as to commemorate the mourning ceremonies of the lunar month of Muharram.

The association also announced that cinemas will resume their activities from August 22, 2021.

“According to global statistics, cinemas have not been very influential in the spread of the coronavirus. Movie theaters are currently operating in compliance with all health protocols at a maximum of 10% of their capacity. However, with the rise in the number of coronavirus infections and its rising death toll, the body voluntarily decided to close cinemas across the country to protect the lives of people and support the medical staff, as well as respect the Muharram mourning ceremonies,” the announcement reads.

The lunar month Muharram marks the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (PBUH) and his companions, 14 centuries ago, who were martyred in the modern-day Iraqi city of Karbala, on the 10th day of Muharram, which is called Ashura.

Source: Iran Daily