Three drive-in theatres in B.C. are making modifications to the best way they present movies to allow them to present protected leisure and nonetheless observe pandemic guidelines asking individuals who do not stay in the identical family to remain aside.
The Park Drive-In theatre in Prince George in northern B.C. is preparing for opening, however first they’ve to attend for the snow to soften.
“Everybody’s been tremendous constructive and there are individuals who need us to open now,” Park drive-in co-owner Nina Keba informed Dawn North host Carolina de Ryk.
She hopes to open close to the start of Could, however in fact, there can be some modifications to how the drive-in works.
They will present just one film per night time, versus the normal two, to attenuate the variety of individuals coming into the house. However as a result of studios aren’t releasing new movies proper now, they’re going to be displaying classics.
Each different parking house can be closed to account for bodily distancing and concession orders can be finished on a guidelines after which delivered to the automobile.
Like many companies which are open proper now, elevated cleansing, hand saniziting stations and cash-free cost techniques can be in place.
The Twilight Drive-In in Langley has been working since March 13 within the Fraser Valley group — proper across the time companies began shutting down and well being officers requested residents to remain residence.
“Whereas the great factor in regards to the drive-in has all the time been that you’re within the privateness and luxury of your individual automobile, with out having to share an armrest with a stranger, or having individuals sitting round you coughing, we perceive that there’s public concern round COVID-19, and that this has an impression on how individuals select to spend their time,” the homeowners mentioned in a Fb publish.
They have hand sanitizer obtainable on the concession and encourage individuals to get snacks in the course of the film when the concession is much less busy so as to keep bodily distancing.
They’re asking their workers and clients who really feel sick to remain residence.
Within the Okanagan, Enderby’s Starlight Theatre has introduced they plan to open this spring, however a date hasn’t been confirmed.
They will settle for on-line ticket purchases solely, place subject markings within the parking zone to make sure distancing between autos and add extra nights to their schedule attributable to their now restricted capability.
On social media, they mentioned they’re going to be doing a take a look at weekend to make sure the practices they have been engaged on can be sufficient to make sure a protected expertise for patrons.
Keba mentioned drive-ins will play an vital function in offering leisure for British Columbians within the weeks and months forward.
“It is the protection of all of it and simply figuring out that you just’re safe and you’ll nonetheless watch a film and be comfy and you’ll even put your seat again and loosen up and you’ll carry blankets if you need [it] cozy,” she mentioned.
“That is the yr of the drive in. I believe we’re going again to what higher method than to take pleasure in a while with your loved ones than going out to a drive-in theater the place you could be within the security of your individual automobile and with your loved ones and watch a film and have some buttered popcorn.”