Stu Campaigne, Local Journalism Initiative
Cineplex says all of the Toronto-based company’s remaining theatres darkened by the COVID-19 pandemic, including Galaxy Cinemas in North Bay, reopened Friday.
A total of 164 theatres and 1,687 screens operated under the Cineplex umbrella nationwide reopened.
Cineplex is permitted to sell 50 tickets per auditorium, where physical distancing allows, and attendees are required to wear face coverings in North Bay and other communities where masks are mandatory.
Cineplex decided to keep the North Bay operation closed in late July while 25 other locations opened throughout Ontario.
Sarah Van Lange, executive director of communications for Cineplex, promised then North Bay wouldn’t be far behind. And three weeks later, Galaxy Cinemas North Bay is welcoming movie-goers.
Working with public health and infectious disease experts, Cineplex has implemented the following health and safety measures:
• Offering reserved seating in all auditoriums. Seating options are automatically blocked off to ensure proper distance in every direction between guests.
• Reducing capacity in all auditoriums to allow for physical distancing
• Enhancing cleaning practices throughout its facilities, with particular focus on high-contact surfaces, restrooms and seats.
• Encouraging debit and credit payments.
• Ensuring employees and guests have the personal protective equipment they need and respecting all locally mandated guidelines.
• Making hand sanitizer readily available for guests and employees throughout its buildings.
Limited concessions are available and showtimes are spread out to limit the number of people in common areas. Movie-goers are asked arrive no more than 15 minutes before their showtime to allow for physical distancing in the lobby.
Guests who experience symptoms of COVID-19, the flu or a cold should not enter the theatre and should contact guest services for a full refund.
Stu Campaigne is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of BayToday.ca. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada