Here’s an unfamiliar sight: ABS-CBN noontime variety show It’s Showtime airing minus its live studio audience.
The “madlang people” might have to get used to this sight though as ABS-CBN announced that admission of live studio audience for its various programs will be temporarily suspended as a safety precaution amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. (READ: ABS-CBN temporarily bans live studio audience as COVID-19 cases in Phl rise.)
“ABS-CBN has decided to temporarily stop admitting studio audience to its shows starting today (10 March 2020), following the government’s declaration of a state of public health emergency. The affected TV programs include It’s Showtime, ASAP Natin ‘To, Magandang Buhay, Banana Sunday and I Can See Your Voice,” the media network said in a statement released early Tuesday.
There’s no word as to how long the banning of live studio audience will last.
Its rival show on GMA, Eat Bulaga, was first to halt live studio audiences following the government’s declaration of state of public health emergency due to COVID-19 developments in the Philippines.
As of writing, there are 24 COVID-19 positive cases in the country.
Health officials have advised the public to observe social distancing, avoid unnecessary travel and stay away from mass gatherings or large crowds to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.