Although a number of the safeguards against COVID-19 have now been relaxed for indoor venues in England, Scotland and Wales, ensuring your safety - as well as that of other cinema-goers and their teams - remains an absolute priority for the UK cinema sector. 

For that reason, all UK cinemas continue to adopt enhanced cleaning regimes, to ensure that their staff have been trained in COVID-safe operations and to make hand sanitiser stations available to customers.

You can also be confident that good ventilation - and the fact that for much of their visit each person is sitting in the auditorium facing the same direction as everyone else (and not talking) - also reduces the chances of transmission.

In addition some cinemas are continuing to ask customers to socially distance, or to wear a face covering when moving around their venue.

We ask all audience members to take responsibility for others’ as well as their own well-being during their visit, recognising in particular that not everyone will have been able to take up the COVID-19 vaccine.

We have worked hard to make the cinema experience as safe as possible, and it remains the case that not a single instance of COVID-19 transmission has been traced back to a UK cinema.
And those efforts are reflected in feedback from those who have visited since lockdown ended.

Our most recent independent customer survey showed that an incredible 99 per cent of returning cinema-goers said they were ‘very satisfied’ or ‘satisfied’ with the standards of safety they had experienced and that the same proportion rated their experience as ‘very good’ or ‘good’. And 95 per cent said they would recommend that others returned to the cinema as well.

[Source: Cinema First Entertainment and Attitudes tracker, MetrixLab, September 2021]

If you are in any doubt as to the measures in place at your cinema, please do contact them before you visit.

We know that many cinema-goers can't wait to come back to the big screen, but also that they understandably want to know the steps cinemas will be taking to help ensure their continued welfare.
UK Cinema Association