Yesterday the China Film Administration announced
that the country's cinemas will be allowed to open in low-risk areas starting Monday 20 July. The re-opening is coming after roughly six months of closures. Shanghai International Film Festival also announced today
that it will be taking place – with a mix of online and offline events – from July 25, following its postponement from June 13-22.
Along with the re-opening announcement came a slew of guidelines
for cinemas. Theatres will be required to operate at 30 percent capacity or below, with one metre of space kept between moviegoers – while the language implies between strangers, it's unclear as of yet whether in practice that will mean between individual audience members or groups of friends. All tickets will be sold online with real-name registration and the usual measures including collection of personal details, checks to ensure green health codes and temperatures below 37.3 degrees Celsius as well as mandatory masks for all audience members will be in place.
The usual number of screenings must be reduced by half and films kept to under two hours of playing time. Cinemas are also required to extend the break between each showing and thoroughly disinfect the theatres.
It may not be the cinema-going experience we remember, but you'll finally get to see flicks on the big screen again (and safely at that).