Coronavirus guidance for cinemas and drive-in cinemas

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What does this involve?

The Scottish Government has published guidance for cinemas and drive-in cinemas in Scotland to help them operate safely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

The guidance highlights relevant Scottish Government advice on physical distancing, public health and workplace safety, as well as industry-specific guidance and resources for the cinema sector.

Topics include:

  • health and safety measures, including
    • face coverings
    • business and physical distancing
    • Test and Protect
    • collecting customer details
    • risk assessment
    • ventilation
    • employee support
    • other issues
  • considerations for drive-in cinemas, including
    • communicating with customers
    • risk assessment
    • physical distancing
    • sanitation facilities and cleaning
  • additional guidance and resources

Cinemas in Scotland should first check their local protection level to see whether they are permitted to open. Drive-in cinemas can open in levels 0 to 3. Indoor cinemas can open in levels 0 to 2.

Am I eligible?

Anyone can use this service.

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

Anyone who owns, manages or works in cinemas or drive-in cinemas in Scotland.

How long does this take?

It will take around 30 minutes to read the guidance. 

Important information

All workplaces are different, so it is essential that employers carry out a risk assessment in collaboration with employee or trade union health and safety representatives where possible.

The industry guidance and this overview are provided as guidance only and do not amount to legal advice. Businesses and employers may wish to seek their own advice to ensure compliance with all legal requirements.

Next steps

Visit the Scottish Government website for more information and to read the full guidance.

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