ODEON’S Waterford cinema will re-open on Monday, July 20 with a new range of health and safety measures implemented due to the public health emergency.
“We are delighted to announce this ODEON will reopen its doors from July 20, and you can book tickets now,” said cinema manager Brid Looby. “We have made lots of changes to create a new safer cinema experience for you, and we look forward to welcoming you back.”
ODEON management has worked with the HSE to introduce enhanced health and safety measures to each site. This will include ‘Safer Buying’ – a contactless experience, including online booking and in-cinema contactless ticket checks along with contactless till payment for paying for food and drink. There’ll also be a range of ‘Grab & Go’ pre-packaged food and drinks to improve speed of service.
There will be limited seating for each screening with guaranteed unoccupied seats between guests to meet social distancing guidelines whilst enabling family groups and social bubbles to sit together.
Meanwhile, staggered show time starts will reduce queues with safe queuing measures in place such as floor marking and cinema staff support and newly serviced air conditioning will ensure fresh air is delivered to all screens.
There will also be more frequent cleaning routines on all high contact areas of the cinema guest journey while guest sanitiser stations will provide complimentary sanitising gels and wipes. Cleaning teams have been “diligently trained on safety and hygiene measures, equipped with PPE including face visors and gloves”.
“We have carefully considered each element and every step of our guest’s journey and have put safety measures in place that will enable the ODEON team to provide a controlled and safer experience for all our guests,” said ODEON UK and Ireland Managing Director Carol Welch.
We know it’s been a challenging time for everyone so we are delighted that we are back in business doing what we do best – entertaining people young and old. Initially we will be screening a mix of recent and remastered classics including ‘The Empire Strikes Back’, ‘Dirty Dancing’, ‘Little Women’ and ‘The Greatest Showman’ to name a few before the new blockbusters hit our screens”.
To book tickets, visit www.odeoncinemas.ie