NOTE – we now have provisional dates for the re-opening of UK cinemas – Monday 17 May for cinemas in England, Scotland and Wales and Monday 24 May for cinemas in Northern Ireland. This page will be updated as advice from government on the safeguards to be in place when cinemas re-open is confirmed.

Cinemas – keeping workers and customers safe during COVID-19

The UK Cinema Association has been working with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the British Film Institute, the Screen Sector Task Force, the Independent Cinema Office and Bectu, Public Health England (PHE), the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the devolved nations to develop guidance for the safe operation of drive-in cinemas in the UK.

The current guidance – Cinemas – keeping workers and customers safe during COVID-19 (V4.0, 6 May 2021) – can be found here.

Separate guidance on cultural venues – including cinemas – in Wales has been published by the Welsh Government and can be found here.

Drive-In Cinemas and other Outdoor Cinemas – keeping workers and customers safe during COVID-19

The UK Cinema Association has been working with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the British Film Institute, the Screen Sector Task Force, the Independent Cinema Office and Bectu, Public Health England (PHE), the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the devolved nations to develop guidance for the safe operation of drive-in cinemas in the UK.

The current guidance – Drive-in and OutDoor Cinemas – keeping workers and customers safe during COVID-19 (V6.0, 6 May 2021)  – can be found here.

Public health is devolved in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales; all of the above guidance should be considered alongside local public health and safety requirements and legislation in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. For advice to businesses in other parts of the UK please see guidance set by the Northern Ireland Executive, the Scottish Government, and the Welsh Government.