Russian cinemas plan staggered seating to maintain social distance

Rospotrebnadzor and the Ministry of Culture have issued recommendations for movie theaters’ operation during the pandemic. The new social distancing rules require at least a 1 meter distance to the next visitor in the auditorium.

Also, cinemas are advised to sell popcorn only through vending machines, rather than over a regular counter. A half-hour interval will be made between the showings to disinfect the room.

Customers will be asked to wear facemasks. They will be seated at a distance of at least 1 meter from each other, Kommersant reports. According to Rospotrebnadzor, compliance with the new hygiene and distancing rules should reduce the risk of contracting the coronavirus at the cinema.

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