Germany's National Association Of Cinemas Announces Re-Opening Guidelines

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Kyle Brester
May 1, 2020
by Kyle Brester
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The HDF (Germany's national association of cinemas) has released a plan for theaters that re-open once the Coronavirus finally settles. Their plan is only at the proposal stage but is designed to cooperate with the German government's plans after their lockdown ends. There is no timeframe of when theaters reopen yet. According to the organization, this allows cinemas to reopen "in compliance with the highest safety and protective measures for guests and employees."

Here are the guidelines they have placed:
  • Use of protective screens at cash registers and counters as well as providing protective masks and gloves for employees
  • Increasing disinfection measures, e.g. by shortening intervals between cleaning
  • Minimizing contact, for example by prioritizing online ticket sales, increasing contactless payment and avoiding the use of cinema tickets at the entrance
  • Compliance with social distance rules, for example with appropriate markings and barrier tapes
  • Limitations on room occupancy with vacant seats between individual bookings
  • Reduction of the number of people in the foyer by staggering film start times and exiting through the emergency exits
  • Regular ventilation of the halls and foyer area
  • Raising public awareness of compliance with hygiene, for example through appropriate notices in the sanitary facilities

American theaters should look at Germany's guidelines and enforce them once they can reopen. I think Germany has the right ideas on how to reopen theaters to keep the public safe from the virus. These guidelines should especially be used once new movies start being released, but if you're able to open earlier than that, these points are a good way to start. SSI also suggests that you make sure you find other ways of keeping your theater as sanitized and safe as possible so you can get the best re-opening possible.
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