The world’s second largest cinema chain, Cineworld, has announced plans to reopen its venues – including the Cheltenham and Gloucester sites.
The news comes not long after Hollywood Bowl in the Brewery Quarter in Cheltenham announced that it would reopen from Saturday, July 4.
Cineworld announced that they would reopen their cinemas on Friday, July 10 with a number of measures implemented to help with social distancing including sanitising stations, staggered film times and seat maps among other things.
A statement on their website reads: “We are excited to announce that we are planning to re-open Cineworld Cinemas across England on Friday, July 10 2020. The opening date is subject to final clarifications and confirmation in regards to UK government restrictions, with dates to follow for our cinemas in Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
“We know how much you’ve been missing the cinema and we are thrilled to be back! With great films ahead, including Mulan, Tenet, A Quiet Place Part II, No Time To Die and many more, we can’t wait to welcome you back to Cineworld.”
This is what Cineworld say they are implementing:
Social distancing measures will be implemented across all areas within the cinema.
All employee and customer toilets will be stocked with anti-bacterial hand soap, and stringent hand washing guidelines will be trained out to all employees to supplement our current personal hygiene policy.
Hand sanitiser stations will be provided in all cinemas for customers and employees.
Cleaning will be enhanced by a cleaning programme designed to clean and sanitise the high touch points within the cinema.
Tickets will be available to book in advance on their website and via the Cineworld app. Confirmation emails can be used as tickets, and e-tickets are available on the app.
UPDATED SEATING MAPS
The booking system has been updated to allow friends and family to sit together while ensuring a safe distance between customers from different households in our cinema screens. This will vary on the capacity and layout of each screen.
STAGGERED FILM TIMES
Film start and end times will be staggered to reduce customers cross paths with other customers going in or out of other screens and build up of crowds in the foyer. Additional cleaning time will be added between films.
PLASTIC SCREENS AT THE TILL
Screens will be added at concessions areas where safe distancing cannot be maintained.
Tills will be accepting contactless card payments up to a value of £45 and Apple Pay/Google Pay mobile payments with no limit in cinemas. The ticket machines in most of the cinemas also accept contactless payments and the rest are being upgraded.
TRAINING & PPE
All employees will receive specific COVID-19 training and PPE will be provided to employees where the risk assessment has deemed it necessary, in line with government requirements.
SUPPORT FROM TEAM MEMBERS
Trained staff will be on hand to offer assistance to customers.