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Madrid open-air cinemas return in July

The 39 summer and drive-in cinemas will have to respect new rules, to protect spectators from Covid-19

  • June 02, 2020 17:30
  • Author Aseniya Dimitrova
Medium cine verano
Source: City Council of Madrid

After a rough period of lockdown and having suffered one of the hardest coronavirus outbreaks in Europe, Spaniards are set for a summer treat. The beloved summer cinemas in the Spanish capital will see a return in July, announced the city council. However, the atmosphere will certainly be less romantic than in previous years, due to the sanitary restrictions in place.

Culture in the open-air in Madrid

The district cinemas in Madrid will be allowed to resume their activity as of next month, as part of the transition strategy of Spain. It allows for cultural shows and events to take place outdoors. For the most part, the cultural programming contracts of cinemas were suspended during the coronavirus state of emergency, informed the authorities.

Now, as long as the organizers and the audience adhere to the new social distancing and hygiene rules, there should be no problem for cinema enthusiasts to enjoy movies under the open sky this summer. The conditions sine-qua-non include a 2-metre distance between chairs, an orderly entry in a row, availability of disinfection gels and masks at the entrance, and the absence of portable toilets.

The new conditions apply to drive-in cinemas and 39 summer cinemas which are located in 19 of the 21 districts of Madrid. Their expected period of operation extends from the months of July to September included.

Madrid and the Covid-19 lockdown de-escalation plan

Unlike most parts of the rest of Spain, Madrid is still in Phase 1 of the governmental strategy of relaxing the lockdown restrictions. The strategy goes from Phase 0 to Phase 3, with the regions where the virus is the least present, such as Formentera (Balearic Islands) and La Gomera, El Hierro and La Graciosa (Canary Islands), enjoying the most liberal regimes since Monday 1 June.

Madrid, however, remains only in Phase 1 for the second week in a row, having been allowed to relax some measures on 25 May, including allowing the gathering of up to 10 people and the reopening of commercial establishments, hotels and cafes at limited capacity.



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