Ireland's biggest cinema chain hoping to offer vaccine-only screenings

Ireland's Biggest Cinema Chain Hoping To Offer Vaccine-Only Screenings
The Government is set to review the current Level 5 restrictions that are in place on April 5th. (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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Ireland's biggest cinema chain hopes to offer vaccine-only screenings if restrictions are eased.

The Government is set to review the current Level 5 restrictions on April 5th. Part of their review includes possible changes to the 5km limit rule as well as changes to what businesses are allowed to be open.

Omniplex, which has 33 branches in Ireland says it could offer one screening with social distancing for those yet to receive a Covid jab.

Speaking to Newstalk, company director Mark Anderson says there are a few things that need to be considered before it could be introduced.

He asked “Would it be legal to distinguish between vaccinated and non-vaccinated people? That would be all down to the Government's guidelines on social distancing.”

He said if the guidelines do change around social distancing for those who have been vaccinated, it could change what they will be able to do as a business.


Mr Anderson says it would be a good move for business and a much-needed boost for those who have been vaccinated.

“For those people who have received their vaccination, they can go in and there will be no social distancing. Also, as a business we could potentially increase our revenue four-fold, that is something worth considering.

“I do think that choice is important, so the same choice would have to be afforded in terms of show times and screenings for vaccinated people and non-vaccinated people.”

Under the current restrictions cinemas are allowed to be open as they are not considered an essential business.

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