Germany shuts cinemas again as Covid continues to rise

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Germany takes measures to tackle the surge in Covid cases, with cinemas once more being forced to shut their doors – but there may be an answer in sight.

We reported just the other day that Italy and much of France would be shutting cinemas once more, as the continent struggles to deal with spiralling case numbers of Covid-19. Now Germany has announced that its cinemas, along with other entertainment venues, will enter into a ‘lockdown lite’ scenario where they will remain closed, provisionally for four weeks.

The Hollywood Reporter states that HDF Kino, the German exhibitor’s association, requested that moviehouses were granted an exemption as there were no reported cases of Covid transmission in cinemas. But this was denied and cinemas are part of the blanket shutdown along with bars, clubs and concert houses. Reports also state that France is following suit with a total shutdown of cinemas that will last until December 1st.

Still, it’s not all doom and gloom. The projection company Christie has introduced a line of pathogen-reducing projectors that it believes could be used in cinemas to combat Covid. The projectors will go into production in January and could have far-reaching, positive consequences if successful, allowing audiences to watch movies safe in the knowledge that any unwanted pathogens, like coronavirus, have been safely blitzed by the company’s far-reaching light technology.

Expect more updates on the global cinema situation as we hear it. Hopefully with some better news soon.

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