May 17th is approaching, which means that many of us can finally see a movie on the big screen.
Cinemas and theaters have been closed for months since the last lockdown and have suffered as a result.
The film industry has also suffered as big films have been pushed back to accommodate those who want to go to the cinema and watch a movie.
So if at some point they reopen, what are the rules of the movie theaters and can you go with your friends? If so, how many can you go with?
While it can be confusing, here are all the rules we know so far about movie reopening and what you can and can’t do.
What are the rules for cinemas and theaters on and after May 17th?
People can meet indoors, including cinemas and theaters, using the rule of six, or in two households such as restaurants and pubs.
Although the cinemas will open on May 17, some may have limited capacity and strict social distancing measures.
Odeon announced that screens cannot operate at full capacity. Showings are limited, including empty spaces between groups of guests and staggered start times to reduce queues in foyers.
Customers are also encouraged to book tickets online and order prepackaged food and drinks, while cash payments are no longer allowed.
Moviegoers are also required to wear face covering, although they are allowed to remove it to eat or drink snacks, and masks are not required when sitting in Odeon’s Costa outlets.
The theater rules are expected to be very similar, with strict social distancing and limited seating while booking is recommended.