Vue shares plan for re-opening cinemas with social distancing measures

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Vue cinemas has outlined the social distancing measures it will employ should it reopen amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Along with other cinemas such as Curzon, Cineworld, Picturehouse and Odeon, the chain closed in mid-March ahead of a country-wide lockdown.

However, earlier this week, the UK government issued new guidance which said that cinemas may be able to re-open from June 4, conditional on the progress made in tackling the spread of COVID-19 in the coming weeks and months.

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Vue has now unveiled measures it will take if it reopens, which include physically isolating family groups and staggering movie times, as well as enhanced cleaning protocols.

"We have been liaising closely with authorities across Europe to design operating procedures that can provide the degree of social distancing required and allow an experience for our customers and staff that is as safe as possible," the company said in a statement.

"We look forward to working further with the government and the UK Cinema Association in the coming days to demonstrate the specific steps we will take in the UK, including physically isolating family groups through our online booking systems, staggering film times to maintain social distancing and operate responsibly, and introducing enhanced cleaning and employee-protection protocols."

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Speaking following the release of the government report, the UK Cinema Association's chief executive, Phil Clapp, said that the company would "respond accordingly" to any "wider public health considerations".

He added: "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."

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