Early this morning, England’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a phased reopening plan for his nation in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Multiple nations across the world, including the United States, have announced their own re-opening plans, hoping to combat the spread of the disease while balancing economic costs and interests.
In a televised address, the prime minister encouraged those who could work from home to continue to and those who can’t to return to work, emphasizing that the battle against the virus that has infected more than 2 million people worldwide has not ended and safe measures will continue to be taken, “This is not the time, simply, to end the lockdown this week..Instead, we’re taking the first capital steps to modify our measures.”
Under his plan, movie theaters are listed as “high risk” and are expected to be some of the last businesses to open. Movie theaters serve as a complex problem for officials to navigate as they are a vital and thriving business worldwide, but are a logistical nightmare to open safely. The physical constraints of the theaters, combined with them primarily being located indoors and in highly populated areas, makes it hard to abide to social distancing rules.
Like most situations impacted by the coronavirus, the re-opening of theaters around the world remains fluid.