Cleaning Movie Theaters for COVID-19 Reopening

There are many business owners and managers considering the best way of cleaning movie theaters for COVID-19 reopening. Are you one of them? As of mid-June, Governor Gavin Newsom has given movie theaters across California the green light to begin reopening. That said, many are taking the time to ensure that they are taking the right precautions, worried about infecting their staff and patrons. Especially in Los Angeles County, the area of the state with the highest number of coronavirus cases, theater managers are taking precautions. If you’re one of them, you might want to inquire with Nancie Brown & Associates. We are a gold-standard detail cleaning company with over 30 years of experience and peerless cleaning expertise, including the latest training on anti-coronavirus pandemic protocols.

How Movie Theaters are Redefining Sanitation Standards

Movie theaters are at a flashpoint. Their financial success over the next decade depends on their ability to adapt to this new situation. They will face significant competition from video on demand and even drive-in theaters, both of which offer tempting alternatives to the risk of a traditional theater experience. Home releases of motion pictures such as Trolls World Tour and The King of Staten Island threaten to cut into cinema profits. However, not all is lost, as auteur filmmakers like Christopher Nolan insist on theatrical releases for their blockbusters. Especially going into the summer months, theatergoers are seeking reassurance that their children will be safe from coronavirus when going to see the latest family film. Rigorous sanitization is important, but almost as important is that customers see that staff are actively cleaning to make them safer. This effort, to clean thoroughly and be seen while doing it, will be the cornerstone of many theaters’ strategies as they open up and attempt to make up for lost time.

With the increased importance of cleaning and disinfecting, movie theaters are hustling to train staff members in the correct protocols for reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Many theater chains are keeping a close eye on which cleaning products the CDC and the EPA recommend as their investigations continue. For many theaters, a primary concern is with having active and repeated sanitization in ‘frequent-touch areas’: places like concession counters, door handles, railings, and touchscreens. These surfaces are significant as customers are constantly coming into contact with them, and that can potentially transmit coronavirus hours after initial contamination. Managers are ensuring that staff members are trained to use new disinfection products effectively and that they have the right hardware to perform their tasks efficiently.

How Movie Theaters Can Safely Reopen Post-COVID-19

A common safety measure among theater reopening plans is to enforce social distancing by limiting auditorium capacity to a fraction of the regular seating. While theatergoers can purchase seats together in order to sit adjacent to each other, it is impossible to buy seats directly in front of, behind, or adjacent to a theatergoer not in your party. The reasoning behind this decision is that the coronavirus is most aggressively spread by people spraying aerosol particles when they talk, sing, dance, or work out together. Virologists and medical school faculty in Japan and the US agree that, while there is still some risk of transmission, the likelihood of contracting coronavirus is substantially lower in a movie theater than in a bar or restaurant. With the limited capacity precautions many theaters are putting in place, a two-hour stint in a movie theater could be safer than commuting on a train.

Movie Theater Reopening Checklist

The CDC has released a general list of minimum recommended health protocols for businesses to abide by, which the majority of theaters are taking seriously.

  • Hand sanitization: employees are required to wash their hands with soap and water for a period of 20 seconds every time they touch an unsanitized surface. For their own protection, employees are required to wear cloth face coverings to minimize their exposure to the virus.
  • More rigorous cleaning, disinfection, and ventilation: routine cleaning of surfaces with soap and water should be stepped up, as well as disinfection with EPA-approved disinfectant products.
  • Social distancing: workers should be spaced at least 6 feet apart, and measures such as physical barriers, limited access to communal spaces, schedule adjustments, and other measures should be undertaken.
  • Health and safety training: employees are responsible for giving employees sufficient training on anti-COVID-19 protocols. OSHA standards require employers to train their workers on infection prevention, and give specific guidance for their job duties.
  • Monitoring: devise and execute monitoring procedures to make sure that employees do not begin work while displaying symptoms of COVID-19 infection.

When cinemas want a thorough cleaning service that can’t be accomplished simply by the basic training their employees undergo, it’s time to turn to seasoned professionals such as Nancie Brown & Associates. Our considerable pedigree in the field of sanitation is beyond reproach: we have enjoyed the confidence of numerous household names, such as Burberry, USPS, Chanel, Mercedes-Benz, and more. We’ve even cleaned for Cinerama. Our professional cleaning crews are all directly employed by us, so that we can insure and bond our crews, as well as guarantee that they are trained in the latest sanitation protocols. Our COVID-19 compliant deep cleaning and sanitizing services are highly sought after due to our sparkling record. Our crews are uniformed and equipped with all the personal protective gear recommended by public health officials. Nancie Brown & Associates’ first priority is the health and safety of our customers and crew. If you are interested in receiving a consultation or a free estimate for your theater premises, you can contact us today.