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Movie and Live Theatre Guidelines

For general workplace guidelines, please refer to COVID-19 Workplace Information. Operators of theatres in Saskatchewan must be in compliance with these guidelines. The information below provides guidelines for operators of movie and live theatres.

Movie and live theatres may resume operations on June 29, 2020. These guidelines have been developed to support theatre operators in reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19 among attendees, including workers, volunteers, patrons and the general public. The guidance provided outlines public health and infection prevention and control measures specific to movie theatres.


1. Capacity Requirements

  • For movie theatres, a maximum of 30 people are permitted per theatre provided staff and customers are able to maintain two metres of physical distance, except for brief exchanges, in theatres as well as other common areas (i.e. lobby, washrooms). See Physical Distancing section for detailed information. However, effective 12:01 a.m., March 28, banquet and community halls, conference facilities, arts venues, museums, libraries, live theatre, cinemas, arcades, bowling and science centres are not permitted to operate at this time in the Regina area, including City of Regina, Belle Plaine, Pense, Grand Coulee, Lumsden Beach, Regina Beach, Craven, Lumsden, Edenwold, Pilot Butte, White City, Balgonie, Kronau, Davin, Gray, Riceton, RM of Lajord, RM of Edenwold, RM of Sherwood, RM of Pense, RM of Lumsden.
  • For live theatres, a maximum of 30 people are permitted per theatre room, as long as physical distancing can be maintained.

2. General Operations

  • Maintain an occupancy level in lobby and other common areas to allow staff and customers to maintain adequate physical distancing.
  • Encourage patrons to come near the scheduled show time and go directly to their seats, and leave immediately following the show to discourage gathering in common areas.
  • To prevent gatherings and close contact between individuals, avoid the use of intermissions at this time.
  • Areas should be monitored to ensure people are following distancing and hygiene protocols.
  • Online admission ticketing should be used, where possible.
  • Cashless or no-contact payment should be used as much as possible, with physical distancing being observed at all times.
  • Employ the use of self-serve checkout as much as possible.
    • Place hand sanitizer stations and disinfecting wipes near each station.
    • Frequently disinfect high-touch surfaces.
  • Consider supporting vulnerable populations with dedicated showings or performances.
  • Close drinking fountains. Water bottle filling stations are acceptable if appropriately and frequently sanitized.
  • Retail sales must follow the Clothing and Retail Guidelines. Food and beverage services are subject to the Restaurants and Licensed Establishments Guidelines. Where any of these facilities offer food or beverage service, they must keep the activity separate (i.e. cordoned off) from the food and beverage service. No food or drink may be in the activity area. Movie theatres that can properly maintain physical distancing while seated during the film are exempt. 
  • Arcades and electronic games (e.g. pinball) are permitted and must follow the Casino and Bingo Hall Guidelines.
  • Remove magazines and racks from public access areas. Instead, distribute at staffed visitor check-in points.
  • A response plan should be in place in case a patron or staff member develops COVID-19 symptoms while at the venue.

3. Physical Distancing

  • Public and staff, with the exception of household contacts, must maintain a minimum physical distance of two metres in all areas.
  • Theatres must set up processes and infrastructure to support two metres of distance to be maintained between patrons in all areas, including the lobby, concession area, washrooms and theatre rooms.
  • Consider physical barriers (e.g. Plexiglas) at visitor contact points as an additional measure to physical distancing requirements.
  • Use markings or dividers in common areas and lineups to ensure physical distancing. Floor decals can be used. 
  • One-way flow patterns should be established, where possible. Entrances and exits to buildings should be organized to support one-way traffic flow through the facility.
  • Promoting physical distance of two metres between groups can be done by:
    • leaving alternating rows empty;
    • leaving one or more seats empty between parties;
    • blocking off unavailable rows; and
    • signage and communication to patrons reminding them to leave the appropriate number of seats between parties.
  • Manage crowds as they exit the theatre so that physical distancing can be maintained. This may be done through visual markings and calling row numbers to limit the numbers of persons exiting at a time.
  • Assign seats to each patron and avoid general admission seating wherever possible.
  • Stagger show start and end times to promote physical distancing.
  • Elevator use protocols should be established to ensure distancing requirements.

4. Cleaning, Disinfection and Sanitation

  • Place hand sanitizer approved by Health Canada (DIN or NPN number) in dispensers or soap and water handwashing stations near doors, pay stations, washrooms and other high-touch locations for customers.
  • Increase cleaning and disinfection of commonly contacted areas, including doorknobs, handles, counters, railings, stations, display fronts, PIN pads and/or self-pay stations, and light switches. Common touch areas include those accessed by customers and employees.
  • Ensure that arm rests and common touch areas within the theatres are cleaned and disinfected frequently.
  • Where possible, remove common touch items from all areas.
  • Ensure employee and public washrooms are cleaned and disinfected with increased frequency, always well stocked with liquid soap and paper towels, and that warm running water is available.
  • Garbage bins should be emptied frequently.

5. Guidelines for Employees

  • Dedicate separate tasks for workers (e.g. separate the role of taking orders from those who fill/deliver the order). Hand hygiene must be performed between tasks.
  • Encourage staff to launder uniforms between shifts.
  • If staff are unable to maintain two-metre distancing from co-workers, other measures should be implemented, such as self-monitoring of personal health, supervision by Infection Prevention and Control Officers or Occupational Health and Safety in the workplace. Other appropriate measures include:
    • Staggering activities to limit the number of staff in a confined area during the same period.
  • Ensure staff are practising proper hand hygiene and coughing/sneezing etiquette, including:
    • Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Using hand sanitizer approved by Health Canada (DIN or NPN number) when hands are not visibly dirty and handwashing isn't available.
    • Avoiding touching their face, mouth, nose and eyes.
    • Coughing or sneezing into a tissue, then immediately disposing of the tissue and washing their hands. If a tissue is not available, they should cough or sneeze into their elbow, not their hands.
  • Additional glove use for COVID-19 transmission mitigation is not required. If staff are using gloves, they should be changed after every interaction and when changing tasks. Hand hygiene must be performed between every glove change (hand sanitizer or handwashing with soap and water).
  • All workers, especially those in constant contact with the public, should self-monitor for symptoms and use the Government of Saskatchewan’s self-assessment tool for COVID-19 and follow the subsequent directions. Facilities should review their employee illness policies to ensure staff are able to remain home when ill (as is required).
  • Stagger staff arrival and departure times, lunch times, breaks and meetings to reduce the number of individuals in one place at a given time. Designate lockers and storage spaces for individual workers.
  • Ensure staff are adequately trained in new policies and protocols.
  • Workplaces are encouraged to have plans in place for increased worker absences due to illness or isolation.
  • Workplaces should have a workplace illness policy. If policies do not exist or are not in line with COVID‑19 recommendations, workplaces should ensure the following:
    • Sick employees should stay home or are sent home from work if symptoms present.
    • Sick employees use the Government of Saskatchewan's self-assessment tool for COVID-19 and follow the subsequent directions.
    • If an employee has gone home sick, their work areas should be cleaned and disinfected.

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