May 17 rules for cinemas and theaters as they prepare to reopen
May 17th is approaching, which means many of us will finally be able to watch a movie on the big screen.
Cinemas and theaters have been closed for months since the last lockdown and have suffered.
The film industry has also suffered from the fact that big movies have been pushed back to accommodate those who want to go to the movies and watch a movie.
So when they finally reopen, what will the rules be for cinemas and can you go with your friends? If so, how much can you go with?
While it can be confusing, here are all the rules we know so far about reopening theaters and what you can and can’t do.
What are the rules for cinemas and theaters as of May 17?
People will be able to meet indoors, including cinemas and theaters, under the rule of the six or two household rule, as will restaurants and pubs.
However, even though theaters will open on May 17, some may have limited capacity and have strict social distancing measures.
Odeon revealed that the screens will not be able to operate at full capacity. Screenings will be limited, including empty seats between guest groups and staggered departure times to reduce queues at the foyer.
Customers will also be encouraged to book tickets online and order prepackaged food and drink, while cash payments will no longer be allowed.
Moviegoers will also need to wear a face mask, although they are allowed to remove them to eat or drink snacks, and masks will not be needed while seated at Odeon’s Costa outlets.
Theater rules are expected to be very similar with strict social distancing and limited seating while booking is encouraged.