When the pandemic began, many places shut down. Today, news outlets report on companies, stores, and other locations opening back up. Many people are looking forward to returning to their favorite locales. For some, the movie theater is a fun destination to gather with friends and enjoy a movie. Others might wonder if going to the theater is safe, especially since the pandemic is ongoing. A trip to the theater can be an enjoyable experience if appropriate safety measures are in place.
The Covid-19 Virus
The Covid-19 virus travels through the air and can make a person sick by infiltrating their lungs, eyes, nose, or mouth. Some people have severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, coughing, or fever, while others may experience no symptoms. Anyone can carry the virus and pass it to others.
Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated
According to the CDC, vaccinated people can engage in activities without a mask unless required by law. If you are vaccinated, you can enjoy a somewhat normal experience at the movie theater. However, the vaccine lowers but does not eliminate the chances of catching the virus, so you still need to adhere to health regulations in theaters.
People who are not vaccinated must take precautions and safety measures at the movie theater because they are susceptible to the virus. Unvaccinated people must wear a mask and follow social distancing rules to protect others and themselves from covid.
People who have a compromised immune system should continue to take precautions, even if they have received the vaccine. The virus can cause severe damage to people who do not have a healthy immune system. If anyone experiences symptoms before going to the theater, they should stay home.
Tips for Staying Safe at the Theater
Before you visit the local theater, conduct online research to see if the theater area is safe. If there have been cases of covid in or near the theater, you might want to stay home or visit another theater.
You should also check the size of the theater building. For a safer experience, visit a theater with lots of space and ventilation. A small theater with little room and ventilation means that people will be close together, and the virus will travel easily. See if the theater has social distancing guidelines, preferably 6 feet or more.
Theater food is part of the experience, and if you are vaccinated, you can enjoy a snack at the theater but distance yourself from others. If you are not vaccinated or are immunocompromised, you should refrain from eating until you are away from others.
Finally, you want to see the theater’s protocol for cleaning. Contact the theater and ask them about their cleaning measures. Some questions you can ask are:
· Does the theater clean the area after viewing?
· Are there hand sanitizer bases for you to use?
· Should you wear a mask at all times?
· Does the theater do temperature checks?
You can also bring personal cleaning supplies to the theater. Use a wipe to clean up the seat before you sit or, bring a bottle of hand sanitizer to use when you need it. If you plan on taking a trip to the movie theater with family or friends, keep these tips in mind to ensure that everyone remains safe.