COVID-19: Lethbridge businesses ‘excited’ and ‘cautious’ over Stage 2
|globalnews.ca 10 Jun 2021 at 19:56|
Alberta entered Stage 2 of the “Open for Summer” reopening plan on Thursday.
Some of the eased restrictions allowed places like movie theatres, galleries and museums to reopen their doors to one-third of fire code occupancy.
In Lethbridge, The Movie Mill wasted no time.
“It’s so exciting,” owner and operator Leonard Binning said. “Lots of work had to be done. Lots of cleaning, scrubbing, retraining staff, but we’re excited. And I think people are excited too.”
A group from Raymond Junior High was one of the first to enjoy the movie experience again.
“Thrilled,” said Amelia Quinton. “As soon as they found out we were coming, they were so excited.”
It was a field trip the education assistants and support staff were eager to go on as well.
“My first thought was, ‘Can I come? ” laughed Jill Paxman. “Please pick me.”
Some public health restrictions are still in place: staggered showtimes to limit gathering in the entrance, two seats between each cohort, enhanced sanitization, and masks stay on unless eating or drinking.
The Movie Mill closed its doors on Dec. 12 — almost six months ago to the day.
“To be perfectly honest, it’s been depressing,” said Binning.
“It’s been difficult to stay motivated, it’s been difficult to motivate our staff, but now hopefully we see the light at the end of the tunnel.