Cineworld has pushed again the reopening of its UK and US cinemas to 31 July, blaming a delay in new movie releases.
The world’s second-largest cinema chain had beforehand introduced cinemas in each international locations would open on 10 July.
Cineworld stated movies together with Mulan and Tenet had been delayed from July to August.
The firm stated cinemas would open with new security measures in place, however some workers say the measures don’t go far sufficient.
A petition signed by almost 1,500 people and began by Cineworld workers has referred to as for masks to be made necessary for patrons in cinema foyers.
A frontrunner of the Cineworld Action Group, who spoke to the BBC however didn’t need to give their identify, stated: “Some studies have shown that masks do help to protect. We don’t have a choice about returning to work. If it makes it safer for us and for other customers, I think it’s a small ask.
“It’s a luxurious to come back to the cinema however our lives should not be handled as a luxurious, it is essential.”
The BBC has asked Cineworld to comment on the staff demands.
The cinema chain says new safety measures will include contactless payments and seating capacity limits in line with local regulations.
Advice for all cinemas from the film trade body, the UK Cinema Association, advises cinema companies to sell a reduced number of tickets to each screening, with people from different households sitting apart.
The association also says pick ‘n’ mix stands should be removed, and moviegoers should be encouraged to pre-order popcorn.
Earlier this year, the coronavirus pandemic forced Cineworld to close its 787 cinemas in 10 countries, while firm bosses waived their salaries and bonuses.
The UK-based agency additionally halted dividend funds to mitigate the impression on buying and selling.
Cineworld chief government Mooky Greidinger stated different movies that might be launched this summer season embrace A Quiet Place Part II, The Broken Hearts Gallery, Bill & Ted Face the Music and Antebellum, in addition to a re-release of Christopher Nolan’s Inception on Imax.