UK cinemas won't re-open until at least July 4, government confirms

Charley Ross
·3-min read

From Digital Spy

Update: Following reports that UK cinemas were hoping to start reopening at the end of June, the government has now confirmed that this now won't happen until at least July 4.

Government guidance published on Monday (May 11) confirms that cinemas are included in step three of plans to start reopening businesses and premises, along with hairdressers, food service providers, pubs and places of worship.

However, this is dependent on progress made in tackling the spread of COVID-19 in coming weeks and months. Additionally, some spaces "which are, by design, crowded and where it may prove difficult to enact distancing may still not be able to re-open safely at this point" – or only open in part, the government further advised.

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Photo credit: Getty Images

Phil Clapp, who's chief executive of the trade body UK Cinema Association, welcomed the news, telling Variety that it will "respond accordingly" to any "wider public health considerations".

"Whenever cinemas are able once again to re-open, it is clear that all venues will need continued government support until such time as business returns to something approaching normal levels of activity," he added.

Original story: We may not be living in an arguable wasteland without the joy of a cinema trip for much longer.

According to a report from Variety, the cinematic powers that be – the UK Cinema Association – is hoping that UK movie lovers should be able to visit cinemas by the end of June.

Big cinema chains like Vue, Curzon, Cineworld, Picturehouse and Odeon have been closed since mid March, before Boris Johnson announced a country-wide lockdown. But, things may be changing soon.

"We've made representations to government on the safeguards which U.K. cinemas would look to have in place for audiences and staff alike upon re-opening, and have asked that consideration be given – with these in mind – to allow cinemas to open by end June," Phil Clapp, chief executive of the UK Cinema Association, said.

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Photo credit: Klaus Vedfelt - Getty Images

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But don't start booking your tickets just yet. It will, above all, be up to the government to have the final say on whether this goes ahead.

Clapp says that the entire effort is "led by the government's understanding of the risk presented by COVID-19 and respond accordingly".

Movies still yet to come out this year include Wonder Woman 1984 in August, Black Widow is due in October and the latest Bond instalment No Time To Die in November. Stay tuned for updates.

The information in this story is accurate as of the publication date. While we are attempting to keep our content as up-to-date as possible, the situation surrounding the coronavirus pandemic continues to develop rapidly, so it's possible that some information and recommendations may have changed since publishing. For any concerns and latest advice, visit the World Health Organisation. If you're in the UK, the National Health Service can also provide useful information and support, while US users can contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

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