Families watch movies at drive-in theaters for fear of contracting coronavirus

Families watch movies at drive-in theaters for fear of contracting coronavirus

- Drive-in theaters in the United States have seen a rise in sales due to coronavirus pandemic

- To follow the social distance rule and also have fun at the same time, many families in the United States decided to watch movies at drive-in theaters

- Owners of drive-ins in California, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri have reported ticket sales increase in their businesses

As the coronavirus continues to spread in different parts of the world, people have been advised to practise social distancing, but the idea of staying cooped up at home with nothing to do can be frustrating.

To follow the social distancing and also participate in an activity that would release some of the frustration that comes with isolation, some families in the United States have decided to go to the movies.

Instead of going to watch movies at a regular theatre, families made the decision to go to drive-in cinemas as a precautionary measure. This allows them to have fun and also be safe from contracting the virus.

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Families watch movies at drive-in theaters due to pandemic Source: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times
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This move by many of the families has become a blessing to owners of drive-in theaters. Many of them have reported an increase in the sale of tickets in recent times since people were advised to practice self-isolation.

According to the Los Angeles Times, owners of drive-ins in California, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri revealed in interviews that they have reported ticket sales increase in their businesses.

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It is safer to watch movies from cars than in cinemas Source: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times
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They also revealed that they have been taking measures to prevent contraction of the virus by minimising interaction among people. Staff selling tickets at some drive-ins also wore gloves and all the tickets were examined by gloved workers at the entrance.

One Christian Singleton, who brought his 4-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter to the theater said he appreciated the effort of the staff of Paramount Drive-In.

He said: “Nobody is near us, and we can actually enjoy the movie without feeling that paranoia where something like somebody coughing would have us instantly move."

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that the management of the new Afrikan Shrine announced that it is taking precautionary measures to curb the spread of coronavirus. The management took the step by halting all activities on the premises.

It was reported that all musical performances have been cancelled for the weekend due to the pandemic affecting the world.

Legit.ng came across the news after it was shared on Instagram by Femi Kuti, son of late legendary Afrobeat singer Fela Anikulapo Kuti, who is also one of the managers of Afrikan Shrine.

Kuti explained that the management will continue to monitor the situation of the pandemic to know when it is safe to start activities and go back to the regular programme of the Afrikan Shrine.

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