Advice & Support

COVID-19 restrictions for cinemas

Information regarding COVID-19 restrictions on cinemas in each of the devolved nations of the UK.

[Last updated: Thursday 7 January]

These continue to be challenging times for cinemas across the UK. As ever, the ICO is here to help and support you. Get in touch if you’d like to talk: info@independentcinemaoffice.org.uk

England

On Tuesday 5 January 2021, the UK Government introduced a new national lockdown for England. During this period cinemas are not permitted to open.

You can read the full guidance on the government website. The lockdown currently has no official end date.

Wales

On Sunday 20 December, Wales entered into an alert level four lockdown. All cinemas must be closed during this period. The lockdown currently has no end date and will be reviewed every three weeks, beginning in January.

You can find up to date information about the restrictions in Wales on the Welsh Government website.

Scotland

From Tuesday 5 January, mainland Scotland moved from Level 4 to a temporary lockdown, with new guidance to stay at home except for essential purposes. Some islands will remain at Level 3.

During this lockdown period cinemas must be closed. You can read the full guidance on the Scottish Government website.

Northern Ireland

Additional restrictions have been introduced for people in Northern Ireland, during this period people must stay at home except for limited purposes. The current regulations are in place until 6 February, but will be reviewed on 21 January.

During this period, cinemas are not permitted to open. You can find up to date information on the restrictions on the nidirect website.

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