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10th Mar 2020

In-cinema seat separation to be introduced by Omniplex

Darragh Murphy


A statement has been released by Omniplex Cinemas regarding their implementation of pro-active plans to deal with COVID-19.

Omniplex Cinemas completed a risk assessment and have now announced that they will implement ‘In-Cinema Seat Separation’ as part of their attempts to encourage social distancing in cinemas.

Every second cinema seat will be unoccupied as part of the plan, meaning that the capacity of Omniplex’s theatres will be reduced by 50 per cent.

Mark Anderson, Director of Omniplex Cinemas said: “In-Cinema Seat Separation will give 1m separation between each guest, as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for social distancing.

“By reducing our capacity by 50 per cent we hope to give cinemagoers peace of mind when attending the movies.”

Other measures include self-scanning of tickets, increased cleaning regimes and a hand-sanitising station in the foyer of every Omniplex cinema.

There are currently 32 Omniplex locations on the island of Ireland, with over 245 screens.

At the time of writing, 24 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the Republic of Ireland.

Three new cases were confirmed on Monday evening – a female in the south of the country, a female in the west of the country and a female healthcare worker in the south of the country, all three of whom were in close contact with a confirmed case.

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