Alternate seating for cinema reopenings in low risk areas

China | 16 Jul 2020 4:51 pm

China will gradually reopen cinemas, which have been suspended for more than five months since the coronavirus pandemic that emerged in the mainland in December.

Cinemas in low-risk areas can reopen starting July 20, while those in high-risk areas will remain closed, as the country has contained the virus spread, the China Film Administration announced, state media reported. 
Cinemas that reopen are required to strictly implement epidemic prevention and control measures. Tickets will be sold using contactless methods through online real-name booking systems.
Viewers will be required to sit in alternate seats with a one-meter social distance between each other. 
Seating capacity is limited to 30 percent per movie session, and the number of sessions will also be reduced to half the normal number, while the length of each movie should not exceed two hours. 
Movie intervals will be extended for thorough cleaning and disinfection. 
No food or drink is allowed in theaters, and cinemas are also banned from selling it. Viewers will have to wear masks throughout the movie. 

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