If you missed movie theaters, note they miss you too! After closing for three months between March and June 2020, the movie theater industry has had to face a new blow with another lockdown and another total closure of movie theaters. A closure that is difficult for the cultural world as many movie releases have been cancelled over the coronavirus epidemic.
But, as the new lockdown exit is being prepared in France, movie theaters have been allowed to reopen since May 19, 2021 at the same time as cultural places, stores, and terraces. To make sure the recovery does not cause another epidemic wave, a health protocol has been instated to open to the public again.
National Federation of French Movie Theaters delegate general Marc-Olivier Sebbag told France Info that "since early March, we have been working with the government on a progressive reopening plan we have been offered, in three steps then, with progressive gauges, along all steps of the way".
First, movie theaters will enjoy a 35% gauge, namely lower than when they reopened this past June as exhibitors were allowed to sell every two seats with a maximum filling limit set to 50%. Then, starting from Wednesday June 9, 2021, these gauges will go up to 65% and 100% from June 30, 2021 if the situation allows it.
Furthermore, the new health protocl plans allowing intervals between sessions to limit the public flow during peak hours.
This Tuesday May 4, we are told candies and popcorn will be banned from movie theaters once they reopen. At the end of a session at the National Assembly, Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot announced that "for movie theaters, the sale of candies within facilities will be banned first off. Of course, if some movie theaters feature outdoor food stations, they can continue".
This decision has been made to prevent spectators from removing their facemasks a lot during the movie, and to prevent competition with restaurants and bars: the same rules and standards must apply to all. The government bans any consumption of food or drink indoor in May, whether in restaurants or cultural places.
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Movie theaters will be able to increase their capacities up to 65% starting from this Wednesday June 9, 2021.