Apollo cinemas to reopen on June 5 ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

Empty seats in a cinema.
Empty seats in a cinema. Source: Ken Mürk / ERR

Cinema chain Apollo Kino will reopen its movie theaters next Friday. However, Solaris Kino and Apollo Kino Eden in Tartu will not reopen yet.

The maximum limit of customers per screening is 100 in larger theaters and a maximum occupancy rate of 50 percent for smaller cinemas so the 2+2 rule will be kept.

Kadri Ärm, CEO of Apollo Kino Baltics said the company will publish the screening timetable by Tuesday.

"We are paying even more attention to the cleanliness of the cinemas, which is why we are disinfecting all cinema chairs after each screening and cleaning all contact surfaces in the cinema sales area every hour," she said.

All employees will wear protective masks and have received training to help customers if necessary.

Cinema-goers are not required to wear masks, but will be regularly instructed to disinfect their hands. Potential customers who feel unwell or have symptoms are asked not to visit the cinema.

Solaris Kino and Apollo Kino Eden in Tartu are the only venues to remain closed, it is not yet known when they will open.

On Thursday, Eesti Päevaleht reported only a few movie theaters plan to reopen on June 1 when restrictions are lifted. Smaller venues have said they will quickly reopen but bigger chains have expressed hesitations.

Movie theaters were forced to close in March when the government announced the emergency situation to mitigate the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The emergency situation ended on May 17 but social distancing rules will remain in place for the foreseeable future which will hinder large public gatherings.

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