Capitol Theatre closes; patrons weren't following protocols

The Capitol Theatre in downtown North Battleford has announced it is temporarily closing, again.

This was not an easy decision, they stated at their Facebook page. This had been their busiest time since the pandemic started, and they had reported sellouts for the new hit movie “Godzilla vs. Kong.”

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But the increased business ended up creating some big issues for the theatre’s staff in dealing with people who were not following the rules.

“Unfortunately we had some people who “forgot their mask”, didn’t follow the social distancing guidelines, didn’t sanitize when entering, some were eating or drinking at the concession, having to remind some to put their mask on when they leave the theatre, people sitting in the wrong seats etc.,” they stated.

“This past week we felt disrespected with all those who chose not to follow the guidelines.”

The Capitol stated their number one priority was staff and customer safety. “We have two staff members with compromised immune systems and with the new variant we need to be proactive in our actions.”

The Capitol emphasized the closure is temporary and that they will still be selling popcorn, with popcorn sales happening between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Fridays.

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