Vince Guzzo calls provincial government’s decision to close move theaters “arbitrary and unwarranted”

Montreal, Québec – September 30, 2020 – Following yesterday’s announcement by the Québec government to close cinemas, Vince Guzzo, President and CEO of Cinémas Guzzo, has declared the measures arbitrary and unwarranted: “It’s unclear why certain businesses, such as gyms and shopping centers, will remain open, whereas others, such as movie theatres, will be forced to close their doors to the public. There have been no known cases of COVID-19 transmission linked to movie theatre visits in Québec. Cinémas Guzzo has strictly followed the rules and regulations established by the government, including social distancing, the use of personal protective equipment by staff members and customers, as well as the disinfection of every auditorium after each screening using government-approved electrostatic technology. The inevitable toll induced by the government’s decision will be devastating for many local business owners and the provincial economy as a whole,” stated Mr. Guzzo.  

With the hospitality and entertainment industry still reeling from the aftermath of the first wave, it has become increasingly apparent that many local businesses, within the impacted sectors, will not survive this second lockdown. Cinémas Guzzo’s appeal is on behalf of Québec businesses and is intended to protect all companies who are attempting to re-establish themselves.

About Vince Guzzo

Vincenzo (Vince) Guzzo owns and operates Guzzo Cinemas, the largest chain of independent movie theatres in Quebec with ten locations province wide. The Montreal-based entrepreneur also runs a chain of fine dining restaurants and a thriving construction company. In 2007 he and his wife, Maria, established the Guzzo Foundation to centralize their philanthropic endeavours, through which they have raised millions of dollars to support medical research aimed at the prevention of cancer and the support of mental health initiatives. He is also a judge on CBC’s Dragons’ Den.

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Zenergy Communications