Corona crisis: Cinemas are reopening, what needs to be considered – Since the beginning of November 2020, cineastes have had to look into the tube due to the closings of all cinemas in Germany. Since the corona numbers are falling and the vaccination campaign continues, cinemas in Germany are finally allowed to open their doors again.
While the cinema and distribution associations nationwide are calling for a uniform opening by July 1, 2021, the first cinemas will open from June 17, 2021. Film fans can get ready, because there are a number of blockbusters in the starting blocks this year . These include “Fast & Furious 9”, “Godzilla vs. Kong”, “Avatar 2”, “The Batman”, “Matrix 4”, “Mission: Impossible 7” or “Conjuring 3: Under the Spell of the Devil”.
That is to be observed – current rules
But what should you watch out for when you decide to finally go to the cinema again? The movie theaters stipulate that all visitors need proof of their opening to start. About whether they have either been tested, vaccinated or just recovered. However, the exact provisions may vary depending on the location.
Therefore, it is advisable to visit the websites of the local cinemas to find out the exact requirements and rules for visiting. With regard to a mask requirement in the cinema, it will be the case in many places that a mask must be worn in places where the minimum distance of 1.5 meters cannot be secured.
The masks can be removed from the seat
At least at the cash registers, in the foyer or in the sanitary facilities. However, depending on the local incidence, this may not be necessary on the seats. This is what the UCI cinemas announced: “The masks can be removed from the seat. (Depending on the local regulatory requirements, possibly also at the seat and possibly mandatory to wear a medical mask or FFP2 mask. Please check the local Facebook and website entries.) “
However, since the mask requirement is still a matter for the federal states, it can still vary greatly depending on the federal state. In Hamburg, Baden-Wuerttemberg and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, a mask is currently compulsory even at one’s own place.
To the cinema with friends
In the cinemas in Berlin, Schleswig-Holstein and Lower Saxony, however, you don’t need a mask at the seat. Whether you can go to the cinemas again with friends or a larger group also still depends on the incidences. Groups from different households of up to ten people are currently allowed to meet again.
At the end of the day, in the opinion of the author, it doesn’t matter whether with a mask or without. It is much more important to finally be able to go to the cinema again to see current and upcoming blockbusters on cola and popcorn. Another step in the direction of normality … Film off!