Recently, two cinemas in Hesse have resumed operations (Kino Gelnhausen and Cinema Wolfhagen), after the state government there decided to relax the corona measures at short notice. The safety requirements are considerable and include minimum distances between visitors, compulsory masks (although apparently not on the seats in the auditorium) and visitor lists to enable tracking in case of possible infections.
When other cinemas in Hesse will reopen is left to the operators´ discretion -- after all, hygiene concepts must first be drawn up and implemented and film schedules drawn up. Many planned movie theatres have been postponed, making films have already started online. Last but not least, it has to be recalculated whether a new start under these conditions is financially worthwhile at all.
Since the reopening of cinemas to the great (and understandable) annoyance of the cinema industry is not regulated uniformly throughout Germany, there are separate start dates for each state -- or not. Bavaria or Berlin, for example, do not want to commit themselves yet. In Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein, on the other hand, cinemas are allowed to start again from May 18th, in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania probably from May 25th, in Rhineland-Palatinate from May 27th, in North Rhine-Westphalia from May 30th, under strict conditions, of course.
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