Will cinemas reopen? New lockdown rules explained as Cineworld wins £560m lifeline
Cinemas will be able to reopen in some areas (Image: Matthew Chattle/REX/Shutterstock)
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Boris Johnson has outlined the new rules for cinemas as England is eased out of lockdown.
Movie theatres will be allowed to reopen in Tiers 1 and 2 when restrictions ease from December 2.
But they will be forced to keep their doors shut in Tier 3 areas.
And as to who you can attend a screening with – it's complicated, depending on which tier your area falls under.
The Prime Minister has yet to reveal which areas will be under which tier levels, as the 'rule of six' returns.
Bans on indoor mixing in some areas will mean going to the movies, theatre or gigs with pals will not be allowed everywhere this winter.
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The 'rule of six,' which will return for indoor gatherings and outdoor meet-ups too under higher tiers, will also apply for outings such as trips to the cinema or theatre with family and friends.
It comes as movie chain operator Cineworld is handed a £560m lifeline across the UK and the US to weather the blow of months of closures.
It had shut all 600 of its theatres across the UK and US in October.
On Monday the company's owner agreed financial measures with lenders to restructure its debts before Mr Johnson outlined the new rules affecting cinemas in the UK.
The entertainment business is bracing for new on which areas will fall under what tiers, as Mr Johnson told the Commons today the announcement is likely to be made on Thursday.
Major changes affecting the entertainment and live performance sector include glimmers of hope for the embattled music, theatre, arts dance and sport industries.
Spectator sport, gigs and theatre are among the industries being allowed to reopen in Tiers 1 and 2.
London's West End has been battered by the coronavirus restrictions
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They will be allowed to go ahead but with heavily reduced capacity and complicated rules on who you are able to attend with.
In Tier 1, social gatherings indoors and outdoors are governed by the 'rule of six'.
In Tier 2, you cannot meet anyone socially indoors – but the rule of six still applies outdoors.
In Tier 3 the rules will mean you are not allowed to meet anyone from outside your household or support bubble in indoors or most outdoor spaces.
However at Tier 3, you can still meet in open outdoor spaces such as a park, forest, or beach, and the rule of six will apply.
However organised entertainment will not be allowed outdoors at the level.
Entertainment which can be staged in open outdoor spaces – including cinema, gigs, and theatre – will not be allowed in Tier 3 areas.
Government guidance issued today explains indoor contact is still associated with the highest levels of Covid-19 transmission.