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Friday, January 28, 2022

It’s Christmas movie season, but check your local COVID-19 restrictions first

It's Christmas film season, but check your local COVID-19 limitations

Key takeaways:

  • Dress up and check your local laws if you want to continue your long-standing tradition of going to the movies on Christmas Day.
  • Due to increased COVID cases in those areas, Quebec and Newfoundland’s health officials have decided to temporarily close movie theatres.

Canadians who want to keep their long-standing tradition of going to the movies on Christmas Day will need to dress up and check their local laws.

This holiday weekend, seven new Hollywood films will be released, including “The Matrix Resurrections,” “The King’s Man,” and the family musical “Sing 2,” but COVID-19 guidelines may affect your experience depending on where you live.

Most provinces have enacted stricter regulations for large gathering spaces to slow down the spread of the highly contagious Omnicron variant.

In Ontario, this means that moviegoers will have to forego the usual popcorn and drinks because concessions are no longer available.

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The province has joined the majority of the country in enacting 50% capacity measures, with British Columbia, Alberta, and Manitoba having different rules.

Only Saskatchewan hasn’t imposed limits on the number of people who can go to the movies.

Movie theatres in Nova Scotia are limited to 25% capacity, with a maximum of 50 people per screen. In addition, food must be consumed in designated eating and drinking area.

In addition, health officials in Quebec and Newfoundland have decided to temporarily close movie theatres due to increased COVID cases in those areas.

It's Christmas film season, but check your local COVID-19 limitations
It’s Christmas film season, but check your local COVID-19 limitations. Image from CTV

With a slew of blockbusters and award contenders crowding the screens, the holiday season is traditionally one of the busiest times of the year for movie theatres.

Aside from the pandemic’s challenges, the massive success of “Spider-Man: No Way Home” is also overshadowing the week’s new releases. A week ago, the Marvel adventure debuted to massive crowds and showed no signs of slowing down.

This weekend, the superhero film is expected to surpass $1 billion worldwide box office, making it the year’s most successful film.

Two notable auteurs’ films, Paul Thomas Anderson’s dramedy “Licorice Pizza” and Joel Coen’s “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” are also set to hit theatres for the holidays.

There’s also Denzel Washington’s “A Journal for Jordan” and “American Underdog,” a dramatization of National Football League MVP Kurt Warner’s life.

The Canadian Press first published this report on December 25, 2021.

Source: CTV News

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