Amelia drive-in theater taking extra safety precautions as it reopens

Updated: May. 1, 2020 at 10:51 PM EDT
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CLERMONT COUNTY, Ohio (FOX19) - While most places are still closed in Ohio because of COVID-19, Ohio Gob. Mike DeWine has said Ohio drive-in theaters can operate.

So Friday, May 1, Starlite Drive-In in Amelia reopened.

Its team say they spent all day preparing, because there are some restrictions in place.

“Every employee has to have a mask and gloves on," Manager Anthony Smith said.

Additionally, employees are cleaning the bathrooms every 20 minutes, and only two people are allowed in at a time.

Right now the lobby of the concessions building is closed as well.

Smith says everyone must practice safe social distancing, staying at least six feet apart.

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As for the guests, everyone has to stay inside their vehicle or in front of it.

Even with that, Smith says 600 cars can fit at Starlite Drive-In at one time.

“We’ve measure everything, and it’s still six feet apart, even if we have the 600 cars in here," she said. “But if we have to change things, we will to make sure it’s safe for everybody."

People who frequent the drive- in say they're just happy to be back.

“Super excited," guest Dustin Behymer said. "I love this place.”

“This is so great," guest Pam Bush added. "We have been going stir crazy. We would get in the car just to take a drive to the river, just to get out."

Bush continued: "I posted it on Facebook. I am like, ‘I got my sanitary wipes and my sanitary hand stuff and masks and I am out of here!'”

Smith says they did some painting before reopening and are hoping to lay more gravel soon, because in addition to drive-in movies, they’ll also be hosting some graduations soon.

Smith says they’ve now confirmed 10 schools. The first graduation ceremony is set for May 12.

“We are just happy that we are allowed to open and glad that the health department and governor was able to work with us and open up and see how safe we are here," Smith said.

Starlite Drive-In is open weekends until June 1.

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