Theaters across British Columbia are preparing to reopen on Tuesday, June 15 when Stage 2 of the British Columbia restart plan is expected to take effect. Theaters were closed last November due to COVID-19 public health orders.
Relaxation of restrictions means gatherings organized in rooms of 50 people will be licensed with a COVID-19 security plan in place.
Criteria for moving to step 2, as established by the government, include that at least 65% of the population over 18 be vaccinated with at least one dose, and a decrease in the number of cases and d hospitalizations – both achieved by British Columbia. .
Corrine Lea, owner of the independent Rio Theater in East Vancouver, said customers were thrilled and tickets for the June 15 reopening were going quickly – although she plans to seat well over 50 people.
In January, the Rio was approved for 125 customers after it started calling itself a sports bar and broadcasting events like hockey, UFC and even Course the dragsters de Ru Paul.
“As soon as we became a sports bar, they increased our capacity because there are different rules for sports bars,” she said. “Sports bars are allowed to have seats based on social distancing while theaters have been given an arbitrary number of 50.”
Lea said her situation shows how the pandemic rules for BC cinemas lack logic, as the only thing that changed was what they put on screen.
” I would like [the health authority] to explain to me why a sports bar is allowed to have more seats than a cinema, ”she said.
The reopening of Rio will include Paradise cinema followed by The great Lebowski June 15.
On Twitter, Cineplex Odeon said its movie theater reopens will feature Lin Manuel Miranda In the heights, Peter Rabbit 2 and The bodyguard of the hitman’s wife avec Ryan Reynolds.
Cineplex says it will reopen two dozen of its locations in British Columbia, assuming the province eases restrictions. Landmark Cinemas says it also intends to open its doors.