France’s Cinemas and Cultural Venues to Reopen May 19

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that cultural venues, including movie theaters, will be allowed to reopen on May 19 with a 35% seating capacity, according to reports.

The capacity will grow to 65% on June 9 before being fully lifted on June 30— just in time for the Cannes Film Festival, which is scheduled to kick off July 6. The 7 p.m. curfew, meanwhile, will be pushed to 10 p.m. starting May 19. This will allow theaters to maintain one or possibly two screenings in the evening, which bodes well considering they’ll be operating at 35% capacity for several weeks.

The curfew will be further pushed to 11 p.m. before it is altogether lifted on June 30. Macron said events convening up to 5,000 people will be allowed to go ahead through special permissions.

Cinemas have been shuttered since Oct. 30 to curb the second wave of the pandemic, along with museums, drama theaters and all cultural venues.

More to come.

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