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***This page has been archived and will no longer be updated. Drive-in movie theaters should now follow the Mandatory Safety Standards for Workplaces.***

Encourage workers who test positive for COVID-19 to disclose to the workplace employer for purposes of cleaning / disinfecting and contact tracing. If the employer is notified of a positive case at the workplace, the employer shall notify the local health department in the city or town where the workplace is located and assist the local health department as reasonably requested to advise likely contacts to isolate and self-quarantine. Testing of other workers may be recommended consistent with guidance and / or at the request of the local health department.

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Key Documents for Reopening

Workplace Safety Standards - Complete and official sector-specific standards for reopening drive-in movie theaters (all workplaces must also comply with the Mandatory Safety Standards for Workplaces)


Capacity must be reduced to allow for adequate distancing between cars.

Customers must remain in their vehicles at all times, except when purchasing concessions or using the restroom facilities.

Concessions and Payments

Concessions may allow dine-in services but must follow restaurant guidance issued as part of the Commonwealth’s Reopening Plan.

Concession stand lines must have markers to ensure social distancing.

Remote payment should be used when possible.


Lines must have markers to ensure distancing.

Facilities should be cleaned frequently to minimize the spread of COVID-19.


Drive-In Theaters are not restricted in what they show and may show content in addition to movies (e.g., pre-recorded concerts, graduation ceremonies, etc.)

Live performances must follow the rules for performers in the Theaters and Performance Venues guidance located on the Reopening Website, including distance between performers and between performers and audience members

Last updated: April 30, 2021