Cinemas in England, Scotland and Wales were allowed to re-open from Monday 17 May and in Northern Ireland from Monday 24 May.

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 (V4.3, 17 May 2021) – can be found here.

Separate guidance on cultural venues – including cinemas – in Wales can be found here.

Counterpart guidance for culture and heritage destinations – including cinemas – in Northern Ireland 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 (V6.3, 17 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.