THE corona virus is definitely a game changer. It has not only disrupted our lives but really changed our lifestyle drastically in more ways than one. The entertainment and the food industries are the most affected.
Malls, theatres, comedy bars like Punchline, Laffline, Allan K’s Zirkoh and Klownz where many comedians started their careers, and restaurants, bars and various eateries have been closed down for almost four months now. Some of them have opened up again but there are very few clients coming in since a lot of people are still scared of going out and eating out.
Some of them have no choice but to terminate their operations permanently due to the high overhead costs of maintaining them when there are no clients or patrons going to them. But it’s not only the film industry which is affected. Also suffering are production companies that stage concerts, different kinds of shows and also stage plays and musicals.
We were so looking forward to Atlantis Productions’ “The Band’s Visit”, an award-winning Broadway musical which was just about to open when the lockdown was instituted. All the stars with restaurants and other food business like Judy Ann Santos, Alden Richards, Maine Mendoza, Aga Muhlach, Gladys Reyes, Karylle,Marvin Agustin, Kris Aquino, Kris Bernal, etc. have been adversely affected. They had to stop their operations for a while but some of them, we are told, are now back in business but no dine in, only for take out and deliveries.