Following an emergency meeting this morning, all our staff have agreed that our priorities have to be the safety of you, our customers, first and foremost, above any financial impact to the business or to us personally.
So although it’s tough to call, we have decided to close the cinema immediately as of today, Monday 16th, to try and help minimise the risk of the spread of COVID-19 here in Wirksworth and beyond, especially to those more vulnerable. The deli and cheese counter will remain open and we will still be stocking fresh bread from The Loaf every Wednesday to Saturday, opening from 10am to 2pm.
We’re all becoming viral disease specialists all of a sudden and there’s lots of information and advice out there, but what we all agree on, is the necessity to minimise the risk, the best way of which is to adopt ’social distancing’, something that has been enforced in many other countries and which we’ll surely see enforced here too very soon.
Some may feel we are overreacting but we believe now is the time we all need to do whatever we can to reduce the spread of the virus, and as a cinema, we simply cannot operate without increasing the risk.
It will obviously have a huge financial impact, and will leave a huge gaping emotional hole – we’ve all put our hearts and souls into this place – but it is the right and moral thing to do.
As the next few months may see unprecedented hardships for all of us, our staff are passionate to play a support role and offer whatever we can to the community, so please keep an eye on our social media channels for details.
If you have booked a ticket with us in the coming months we can offer you an exchange onto a future showing, when we reopen. Also, many thanks to those of you who have offered to donate your ticket purchases to us at this difficult time, which will help us work towards opening again in the coming months.
Now is a time for people to come together, to help one another and to care especially for those more vulnerable.
Keep informed. Keep in touch and above all keep safe.
Paul, Esther, Josh, Georgie, Sorcha, Bill and the rest of the cinema team.
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