Cineworld Chesterfield To Stay Closed As Chain Delays Cinema Re-Openings

Chesterfield's Cineworld will stay shut after the chain announced it is delaying the re-opening of all its cinemas.

Cineworld is now set to reopen its cinemas on July 31 - not July 10 as previously planned, delaying its return by more than two weeks in an attempt to wait for final clarifications about covid-19 restrictionists.

Therefore Chesterfield film fans will have to wait a bit longer before returning to the Cineworld Cinema at Valley Centertainment.

In a statement the company said: "Upcoming reopenings remain subject to final clarifications and confirmation in relation to various government COVID-19 restrictions".

Although the reopening is delayed, it looks like Cineworld will be introducing: Extra cleaning, staggered film start times and a focus on online booking as some of the measures most cinemas will be implementing as they re-open their doors.

Cinemas in England will be able to welcome back customers from July 4, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the easing of the coronavirus lockdown.

In preparation, the UK Cinema Association (UKCA) has released guidance for the safe re-opening of movie theatres, following consultation with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Guidance includes measures to ensure social distancing throughout cinemas, with an emphasis on auditoriums and enhanced cleaning and hygiene procedures.

Plastic screens will be installed at "key contact points" such as food counters and film schedules will be adjusted to allow cleaning of auditoriums between screenings and to avoid crowding in corridors.

"We know how much you’ve been missing the cinema and we are thrilled to be back! With great films ahead, including Mulan, Tenet, A Quiet Place Part II, No Time To Die and many more, we can’t wait to welcome you back to Cineworld."

The company has also confirmed the safety measures that are being put in place, with social distancing measures implemented across all areas within the cinemas

SOCIAL DISTANCING  Social distancing measures will be implemented across all areas within the cinema. 

HAND WASHING All employee and customer toilets will be stocked with anti-bacterial hand soap, and stringent hand washing guidelines will be trained out to all employees to supplement our current personal hygiene policy.

HAND SANITISERS Hand sanitizer stations will be provided in all cinemas for customers and employees. 

ADDITIONAL CLEANING Our already high cleaning standards will be enhanced by a cleaning programme designed to clean and sanitise the high touch points within the cinema. 

E-TICKETING Tickets will be available to book in advance on our website and via the  Cineworld app, available on IOS and Android. Confirmation emails can be used as tickets, and e-tickets are available on the app. 

UPDATED SEATING MAPS Our booking system has been updated to allow friends and family to sit together while ensuring a safe distance between customers from different households in our cinema screens. This will vary on the capacity and layout of each screen.

STAGGERED FILM TIMES Film start and end times will be staggered to reduce customers cross paths with other customers going in or out of other screens and buildup of crowds in the foyer. Additional cleaning time will be added between films.

PLASTIC SCREENS AT THE TILL  We will be adding screens at our concessions areas where safe distancing cannot be maintained.

CONTACTLESS PAYMENTS Our tills will be accepting contactless card payments up to a value of £45 and Apple Pay/Google Pay mobile payments with no limit in our cinemas. The ticket machines in most of our cinemas also accept contactless payments and we’re working on upgrading the rest.

TRAINING & PPE All employees will receive specific COVID-19 training and PPE will be provided to employees where the risk assessment has deemed it necessary, in line with government requirements. 

SUPPORT FROM TEAM MEMBERS Our trained staff will be on hand to offer assistance to customers. We remain committed to being “The Best Place To Watch A movie”.

This also applies to Picturehouse cinemas in England as Cineworld owns that cinema chain too.

Published: 03/07/2020