Are cinemas open in the UK today?

MOVIE lovers can now finally return to big screens around the country to catch their favourite flick.

Cinema across the UK will be allowed to open their doors from today, May 17, it was revealed earlier this year.

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When will cinemas reopen?

Cinemas in England were forced to close their doors in the third national lockdown on January 4 2021.

And some have even been forced to be closed for longer due to local restrictions when England was split into the Tier system.

But from today cinemas will be able to finally swing open their doors again.

Drive-in cinemas have been allowed to reopen since April 12.

It is understood that film-lovers will have to wear face masks when they head to the cinemas.

How will social distancing work?

Cinema firms had previously announced some new guidelines to try to keep people apart, with it likely similar measures will have to be put in place for their reopening.

To allow for social distancing, cinemas could operate at reduced ticketing.

Show times could also be staggered to reduce the number of people queuing or waiting in the foyer.

Customers could also be asked to book online with contactless payments at the tills which will only sell pre-packaged food and drinks.

Meanwhile, as part of the roadmap announced by the PM, Brits have been told they will be able to meet inside while following the rule of six or two households by May 17.

Travel within England will also be allowed from May 17.

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