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Safety Standards: Drive-In Movie Theaters

These sector specific COVID-19 safety standards for Drive-In Movie Theaters are issued to provide DriveIns with instructions to help protect against the spread of COVID-19 as in-person services resume.

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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 cannot be delivered to vehicles.

Concessions must be for takeout only for customers to take back to their cars (i.e. no dining areas).

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 allowed to operate only for the purpose of showing movies.