Cinemas in Italy are expected to re-open from June 15, 2020.
The Italian Government made the announcement yesterday, May 16.
The Government outlined its coronavirus lockdown easing plans.
The reopening of the cinemas will be done with consideration for social distancing measures, according to the Government.
In that regard, the Government announced that the social distancing measures to be put in place will include staggered seating and online booking.
Prime Minister of Italy,
Giuseppe Conte says “We are facing a calculated risk with the awareness that the contagion curve could rise again.”
He bemoaned the concerns over a severely damaged economic and social structure.
He says Italy cannot afford to wait for a vaccine.
According to him, “We are taking this risk and we have to accept it, otherwise we could not restart.”
Movie theaters in Italy have been closed from February this year due to the coronavirus outbreak which had a heavy toll on the country.
MoviementVillage, a project begun and promoted by film groups ANEC and ANICA last year to make the Italian business a 12-month affair, is helping to prepare for the re-openings this summer with the addition of outdoor/drive-in cinemas.
Programming will be a mix of titles from 2019 and 2020 until the studios return with fresh product.
The Venice Film Festival is scheduled to go ahead in early September, however, gatherings of large groups remain banned for the moment.
In early March, Italy became the first European country to impose strict confinement as COVID-19 began to spread onto the continent. On Monday, it will loosen restrictions so that people may move about within their own regions. Retail stores, hairdressers, bars, restaurants and tourist sites will also re-open.
Fitness clubs, sports centers and pools will be back on May 25 while borders will be opened for visitors from the European Union as of June 3. At that time, locals will be allowed to travel throughout the country (contrary to the current situation in France where travel is limited to 100 kilometers from a person’s residence, though this is expected to be modified in June).
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