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Virus pandemic: Can I still go to the movies?

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TYPICALLY, Thursday is the best day of the week for movie buffs. It’s when most new films are released in cinemas across the country.

But with the federal government yesterday cracking down even further on mass gatherings – reducing its advice from avoiding events of more than 500 people to those of more than 100 – the doors of some cinema chains are already closing.

Palace Cinemas has announced it will temporarily shut all of its theatres until further notice.

“We’ve made the difficult decision to temporarily close all Palace Cinema locations from Thursday the 19th of March for an indefinite period to protect both our staff and patrons,” the company said yesterday.

“We sincerely thank you all for your patronage and support during this unprecedented time and our excellent staff for their efforts and dedication under challenging circumstances. Rest assured we will be back offering sublime entertainment and a place to indulge and escape when it is safe to do so.”

This may be how many cinemas will look in the coming weeks as Aussies self-isolate or go into quarantine.

This may be how many cinemas will look in the coming weeks as Aussies self-isolate or go into quarantine. Jason Dougherty

Hoyts and Dendy Cinemas have both placed a limit on the number of bookings for screenings, a move which will help patrons maintain suggested social distancing measures while still seeing films on the big screen.

But the country’s biggest cinema chain, Event Cinemas, has vowed to keep its doors open – for now.

“We are monitoring and assessing but at this stage it is business as normal,” an Event Cinemas spokeswoman told News Regional yesterday.

The Current War will open today as planned but the Sydney-filmed Peter Rabbit 2, which was supposed to open today, but has been pushed back to September 10.

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Universal Pictures has already confirmed Trolls World Tour will not open next week, but instead on September 17.

Disney is yet to postpone the release of its new Pixar film Onward, which is already out in the US, and Roadshow says The Personal History of David Copperfield is still planned for release next week as well.

March’s two big blockbusters No Time to Die and Mulan have both also been postponed to later in the year, while Marvel has just announced it will postpone the release of its latest superhero film Black Widow.

In contrast, a Brisbane cinema chain is taking a different approach for those with cash to splash.

Five Star Cinemas, which operates cinemas in New Farm, Red Hill and the CBD, contacted members and subscribers to say it was offering “book a private screening in our premium cinema for $250”.

Nice if you can afford it, but most of us will be better off at home watching a movie on our TV screens.

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Sons of the Forest Horror Game Gets Disturbing New Trailer and Release Date – Game Rant

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President Joe Biden touts bipartisan infrastructure plan at DCTC in Rosemount | Apple Valley

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U.S. President Joe Biden made one stop in Minnesota Tuesday to speak at an invitation-only audience at Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount.

Biden touted details of the recent bipartisan Build Back Better bill that passed both houses of Congress and is designed to offer states federal funding that will lead to better jobs, educational training, and infrastructure funds to build roads, bridges and invest in broadband internet for rural areas.

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Donald Trump Resurfaces Ilhan Omar Conspiracy Theory, Says She ‘Abandoned’ Her Country

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Former President Donald Trump has accused Representative Ilhan Omar of “abandoning her former country,” while repeating an unsubstantiated conspiracy theory about the congresswoman.

Omar arrived in the U.S. in 1995 as a 12-year-old refugee from Somalia and became an American citizen five years later. Trump lashed out at Omar in a statement issued on Tuesday. Trump’s remarks came amid a firestorm of controversy surrounding anti-Muslim comments about the Minnesota Democrat from Representative Lauren Boebert, a staunch supporter of the former president.

“Congresswoman Ilhan Omar should apologize for marrying her brother, committing large-scale immigration and election fraud, wishing death to Israel, and for essentially abandoning her former country, which doesn’t even have a government,” Trump said. “Exactly what she’d like to see for the United States!”

A conspiracy theory claiming that Omar secretly married her brother in order to help him establish U.S. residency has been repeated often by figures on the right including Trump. Although the claim would amount to immigration fraud if it were true, there is no credible evidence that proves the conspiracy. The theory posits that Omar’s ex-husband Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, a U.K. citizen, was actually her brother.

In addition to a lack of evidence to substantiate the claim, Omar and her confirmed siblings became U.S. citizens. A theoretical additional sibling could have applied for permanent residency on the basis that they were the sibling of a citizen, rather than resorting to fraud. The congresswoman has called the allegations “absurd and offensive.”

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Former President Donald Trump issued a statement attacking Representative Ilhan Omar on Tuesday for “abandoning her country.” Trump is pictured here during a rally in Perry, Georgia, on September 25, 2021.
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In remarks similar to his statement on Tuesday, Trump said that Omar “came in here and married her brother or something” during an October 2020 campaign stop in Florida, while also asserting that she “from a place that doesn’t even have a government.”

Trump tweeted in July 2019 that Omar and the other progressive lawmakers collectively known as “the Squad” should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” despite the fact that Omar is the only foreign-born member of the group.

Boebert recently received backlash for calling Omar a member of the “Jihad Squad” on the House floor. The Colorado Republican attracted further criticism after suggesting that a Capitol police officer could rest easy around Omar because she was not carrying “a backpack,” a remark that Omar said was an attempt to label her a “suicide bomber.”

Boebert issued a tweet apologizing “to anyone in the Muslim community I offended” while insisting that criticism of her remarks was an “unnecessary reaction. ” She later called Omar, ostensibly to apologize over the phone. Omar said that Boebert did not apologize during the call but “refused to publicly acknowledge her hurtful and dangerous comment” and “doubled down on her rhetoric.” Omar ended the call by hanging up.

Although most Republican members of Congress have remained silent about Boebert, some have backed her up. Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene referred to Omar as a “Jihad Squad” member following the controversy, while Representative Madison Cawthorn of South Carolina maintained that criticism of Boebert’s remarks were unfair attempts to get her “canceled.”

A few Republicans have also rebuked Boebert and her comments about Omar. South Carolina Representative Nancy Mace told CNN that she condemned the comments on Sunday and Congressman Adam Kinzinger of Illinois recently tweeted that Boebert was “TRASH.”

Newsweek reached out to Representative Omar’s office for comment.

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