Guidance for indoor movie theaters

Documents needed to reopen theaters for screenings during the pandemic.

General requirements

Indoor movie theaters can operate at 50% capacity, up to 200 people for each theater screen. Only screened performances can be shown. No live performances are allowed.

Set up an online reservation system so that each group is assigned 6 feet of space in all directions. This includes in front and behind.

Screen everyone for COVID-19 symptoms before they enter. Send people home if they feel sick. Everyone must wear face coverings inside the theater.

Increase ventilation from the outside. Open windows and doors. Consider getting air cleaners or upgrading air filters.

Food and drinks are allowed 

Moviegoers can eat or drink in the screening room, at their assigned seats. Groups can be up to 6 people from 3 households. Each group must stay 6 feet from others.

People can also eat outside the movie screening room, if there is a designated eating area 12 feet from other people

Documents

Required forms

Action required: Complete and post a Health and Safety Plan from this fillable PDF, before you open your Indoor Movie Theater

Action required: Complete and post this Social Distancing Protocol. See this protocol in  社交距離 | الإبعاد الاجتماعي | Pilipino | Español | Русский Cách Ly Xã Hội

Posters

Action required: The Health Order requires that businesses post certain signage for their customers during the coronavirus pandemic. This poster meets of all the signage requirements for movie theaters. It is in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Filipino.

Action required: The Health Order requires that businesses post certain signage during the coronavirus pandemic. This poster meets the requirement for communicating indoor risk, for all businesses doing indoor operations.

Action required: All businesses must post information for their staff about how to report violations of COVID-19 health orders at the workplace. It is in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Filipino. You can also download this poster in 11x17 size.

Poster with message encouraging SF residents to get vaccinated for COVID-19. All SF businesses are required to post this in employee breakrooms. In English, Spanish, Chinese, and Filipino.

Guidance

Guidance for indoor movie theaters to open, when it's allowed again.

See this guidance in 中文, Pilipino, Español

Guidance about ventilation from the Department of Public Health, for businesses, offices, schools, faith-based and similar organizations.

Other languages: [Chinese]  [Spanish]  [Tagalog]

Orders and directives

Health directive about best practices for indoor movie theaters.

The Shelter-in-Place Order that states what activities are allowed and prohibited during the COVID-19 emergency.