Port Hope Drive-In to open for season on June 12

Drive-in will operate at half-capacity, concession stand will be closed

The Port Hope Drive-In will be opening for the season on June 12, 2020 but, due to public health restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, the drive-in will be operating at half its normal capacity and the concession stand will be closed. (Photo: Shaney Cannon / Google Maps)
The Port Hope Drive-In will be opening for the season on June 12, 2020 but, due to public health restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, the drive-in will be operating at half its normal capacity and the concession stand will be closed. (Photo: Shaney Cannon / Google Maps)

The Port Hope Drive-In is finally opening for the 2020 season on Friday, June 12th.

The drive-in, located at 2141 Theatre Road South in Cobourg, made the announcement on its Facebook page on Monday afternoon (June 1).

Details are to come on what movies will be shown.

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Last Friday (May 29), the Ontario government amended its emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, that requires the closure of non-essential businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, to exclude drive-in theatres.

However, the government also listed several public health restrictions that drive-ins must have in place when opening.

The Port Hope Drive-In is following the same rules as the Lindsay Drive-In, which reopened on Sunday (May 31):

  • there must be one empty parking space between each vehicle (two metres apart)
  • only members of the same household can be in the same vehicle
  • customers must remain in their vehicles except when leaving to use the washroom
  • convertibles are not allowed, and patrons cannot sit in the beds of pick-up trucks.
  • no food or beverages can be sold.

Any customers not following the rules will be asked to leave.

The closure of the concession stand means the drive-in is temporarily allowing customers to bring in their own food.

“Truthfully, this is a devastating requirement as our actual profit comes from these sales,” the drive-in writes on its Facebook page. “Without them we won’t be able to survive long — we hope this gets amended soon.”

Washrooms will be open at the drive-in but with restricted use. Children must be accompanied by a family member.

Like the Lindsay Drive-In, the Port Hope Drive-In must operate at half its normal capacity to allow for the required physical distancing between vehicles. That means only 200 vehicles will be allowed into the drive-in at any time.

The Port Hope Drive-In will only be accepting cash until further notice.

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