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Germany’s largest movie theater organization is calling for less social distancing if cinemas want to “survive” the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. HDF Kino, which has 620 members who account for more than 3,200 theater screens across Germany, is demanding for a reduction in social distancing measures in light of a new study that claims theaters are safer than offices when it comes to transmission of airborne diseases.

Only if German cinemas can increase their capacity will there be more new films. And only then will the cinemas be able to survive this crisis at all,” HDF CEO Christine Berg said.

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