During today’s Prime Ministerial briefing, Boris Johnson outlined the Government’s intended plan to lift restrictions across England from 19 July.

Pending a final review on 12 July, a five-point plan for ‘living with covid’ is expected to usher in the relaxation of compulsory restrictive measures within the next two weeks.

As a result of the newly announced plan, cinemas would be allowed to return auditoriums to full operating capacity for the first time in 16 months, whilst also removing social distancing and the requirement for cinemagoers to wear face coverings.

With recent surveys suggesting that returning audiences widely recognise cinemas as safe environments, it is likely that the provision of hand sanitiser and increased cleaning regimes will remain in place in cinemas for the time being.

Full details have yet to be released on how Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland plan to proceed nationally.