Cinemas Across England to Close as Country Set For Second Lockdown

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Cineworld in London's Leicester Square

Following similar moves across Europe to battle a rising second wave of COVID-19 cases, England is heading into a month-long lockdown.

Cinemas — and all non-essential businesses — across England are going to be ordered to close for a second time this year, with the government on Sunday announcing that the country will be going into a month-long nationwide lockdown from Thursday until the start of December.

The news comes as the U.K. struggles with an alarming second wave of novel coronavirus infections. The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) reportedly told Prime Minister Boris Johnson that COVID-19 was spreading significantly faster than their worst-case scenarios and could potentially kill 85,000 people this winter. Daily cases have now reached 24,405, with 274 deaths on Friday. Total official deaths now number 46,229.

With a second wave spreading across Europe, France and Germany announced lockdowns earlier this week. Cinemas have also been closed in Italy, while Spain has imposed a curfew to stem the spread of the virus.

Following the first lockdown in March, most U.K. cinemas had slowly begun reopening their doors over the summer in anticipation of the delayed release of Christopher Nolan's Tenet.

However, last month major exhibition chain Cineworld  — which owns Regal in the U.S. — made the shock decision to temporarily close all its sites as studio pushed their biggest titles, including the upcoming Bond film No Time To Die, into 2021.