Odeon announces new safety measures for its UK cinemas

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Odeon announces how it’s going to be dealing with queuing, seating, payments and the purchase of assorted snacks when it reopens its doors.

Odeon is one of the cinema chains that’ll be opening its doors again to customers from next month, and it’s been putting together its new safety measures it’ll be employing when it does so. It’ll be employing new measures throughout its sites, and here’s what it’s up to:

  • It’ll be limited the number of seats it sells for each screening, and also ensuring that they’ll be unoccupied seats between parties of moviegoers.
  • Starting times will be staggered to try and minimise queuing in the foyer. Where queuing is needed, floor markings have been added to allow safe queuing spaces.
  • Odeon will be recommending people book tickets online, but any physical tickets will now only be visually checked.
  • The chain will no longer be accepting cash sales, but instead has increased its contactless limits. As many have pointed out, it’ll need to be increased a fair amount to buy a small popcorn and Coke. Chortle.

In terms of food, Odeon has also confirmed that it’ll be pre-packaging its snacks, and thus the concessions stand will keep going.

And furthermore, as you’d expect, there’s going to be an increase in the amount of cleaning done throughout sites, as well as widely available sanitiser.

Which all sounds quite sensible and straightforward. The question remains as to how much enthusiasm there is for returning to cinemas. But it looks like we’re going to find out soon…

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