Cineworld announces plan to reopen - here's what you can expect on cinema trip in Sheffield

Cineworld has announced the date that its cinemas will reopen after they were forced to close during the coronavirus pandemic.
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The company, which operates a cinema at the Centertainment complex in Sheffield, said films are set to be screened again from July 10.

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In a statement, it said: “We are excited to announce that we are planning to reopen Cineworld Cinemas across England on July 10, 2020.

Cineworld on the Centertainment complex in SheffieldCineworld on the Centertainment complex in Sheffield
Cineworld on the Centertainment complex in Sheffield
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“The opening date is subject to final clarifications and confirmation in regards to UK government restrictions, with dates to follow for our cinemas in Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

“We know how much you’ve been missing the cinema and we are thrilled to be back. With great films ahead, including Mulan, Tenet, A Quiet Place Part II, No Time To Die and many more, we can’t wait to welcome you back to Cineworld.”

The company said a number of safety measures have been put in place to protect staff and customers.

Social distancing rules will apply, all toilets will be stocked with anti-bacterial hand soap and staff will have to follow stringent hand washing guidelines.

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Hand sanitizer stations will be provided in all cinemas and there will be additional cleaning carried out.

Tickets will be available to book in advance via Cineworld’s website or app.

The booking system has been updated to allow friends and family to sit together while ensuring a safe distance between customers from different households.

Film start and end times will be staggered to reduce customers crossing paths with other customers and to avoid a build up of crowds in the foyer.

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Staff serving food and drink will work behind plastic screens.

And tills will accept contactless card payments up to a value of £45 and unlimited Apple Pay or Google Pay mobile payments.

The ticket machines in most of the cinemas also accept contactless payments.

A total of 284 hospital patients have died in Sheffield altogether after contracting coronavirus.

There have been 213 deaths in Doncaster, 184 deaths in Rotherham and 137 in Barnsley.