Glasgow cinema faces concerns over cleaning changes

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Odeon in Glasgow confirms that it’s dialled back on its contract cleaning as cinema attendances remain on the quiet side.

Here’s a story that popped up over the weekend, that’ll be interesting to see if it’s reflected across more multiplexes. It’s no secret that cinema chains have faced enormous challenges in getting their sites ready for reopening last month and this, and much has been made of the new cleaning regimes that have been brought in as a consequence of said changes.

However, what’s also clear is that cinema attendances are a long, long way away from peak levels, and as a further consequence, there’s a balance between how much cleaning and preparation is needed to prepare for the people who actually come through the door.

Hence, a story from the Glasgow Times, as the Odeon Quay in the city has now reportedly stopped using an external team of contract cleaners for all but three days of the week, and handed responsibility back to cinema staff.

The report notes dissatisfaction on the part of at least one unnamed staff member at the cinema. That the change was communicated via email, and there’s a concern as to whether staff have received the correct training, and whether they would have time to complete the cleaning to the standards required.

Odeon, for its part, confirmed to the Glasgow Times that it no longer requires daily contract cleaning at the site, but added “it is our pledge that each and every one of our cinemas operates to the highest standards of cleanliness. This is a pledge that we will not compromise”.

“On reopening our Glasgow Quay site, we have introduced more frequent and more thorough cleaning routines throughout the cinema. The day-to-day cleaning of our cinemas has always been undertaken by our trained in-house colleagues, and this approach has not changed”.

The full response, and the full report, can be found here. We wonder if this is being reflected at multiplexes around the country.

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