Cinema group to ban movie watchers sitting together as part of action plan for Covid-19 / coronavirus

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Cinema group to ban movie watchers sitting together as part of action plan for Covid-19 / coronavirus

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Omniplex Cinemas have announced that after a thorough risk assessment and analysis of the global cinema market, they will implement ‘In-Cinema Seat Separation’ as part of their measures to encourage effective Social Distancing in cinemas.

Other measures include Self-Scanning of Tickets, increased Cleaning Regimes and Hand Sanitising Stations in every cinema foyer.

In-Cinema Seat Separation is the cornerstone of the plan, whereby every second cinema seat will be unoccupied in a checkerboard pattern.

Mark Anderson, Director of Omniplex Cinemas said: "In-Cinema Seat Separation will give a one-metre separation between each guest, as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for social distancing.

"By reducing our capacity by 50% we hope to give cinemagoers peace of mind when attending the movies."

Fully Irish owned by the Anderson family, Omniplex is the largest cinema chain on the island of Ireland, with over 245 screens in 32 locations.

The nearest outlets to Co Kildare are in Carlow and in Balbriggan and Rathmines in Dublin.