Trafalgar Square, London. Photo by Marco Chilese on Unsplash

Survey: Brits won’t rush back, but will return to cinemas if reassured

Only one in five British people say they are willing to go to movie theaters when they first reopen in July, according to new research. However, three out of four say they would want to go back to cinemas eventually, but only after social distancing and rigorous cleaning is apparent. U.K. cinema owners are pinning their hopes on blockbusters like Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” and Niki Caro’s “Mulan” to kick-start business, with one exhibitor referring to Nolan as “the savior of cinema,” during a webinar on Wednesday about the practicalities of…

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The economics of operating location-based entertainment in corona-time

There are many challenges to reopening location-based entertainment (LBE) during the post-lockdown era regardless of whether it’s a family entertainment center (FEC), bowling entertainment center (BEC), amusement/theme park, eatertainment venue, laser tag center, bar-arcade, family fun center or any other type of LBE business. There’s the challenge of rehiring/finding, paying and retaining staff; implementing all the Covid-19 safety measures including those needed for social distancing, restricting capacity, disinfecting high-touch surfaces and keeping both staff and customers safe. However, the greatest challenge that’s had little discussion in the entertainment industry is…

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Quantifying the effects of COVID-19 on the restaurant industry

To better understand the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on restaurants, JLL, in partnership with MERA (Middle East Restaurant Association) and GRIF (Global Restaurant Investment Forum) launched a survey in the beginning of April 2020 to quantify the effects of COVID-19 on the restaurant industry. The outbreak of COVID-19 has had immediate impact on the Food and Beverage (F&B) industry, with strict lockdown measures resulting in restaurant closures and a switch to online delivery platforms. Even with measures easing in some cities across the Middle East, allowing for a 30%…

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