The cinemas in which the regulations apply have seen a significant drop in attendance. The end of free corona rapid tests could mean yet another slump.

Berlin (dpa) – Only tested, vaccinated or recovered at the cinema: The so-called 3-G regulation obliges cinemas to create.

“Cinemas in federal states where the 3-G regulation applies are currently seeing a drop in visitor numbers of up to 50 percent,” Anke Römer of the Main Association of German Cinemas (HDF) told the network. editorial Germany.

According to the report, HDF is critical of ending free corona rapid tests. As soon as the tests themselves pay off, “we fear further drops in attendance”. According to Römer, there have been no serious outbreaks of infection linked to going to the movies. “With their excellent hygiene standards and almost complete contact tracing, cinemas are clearly not a place of distribution.”

As of October 11, the federal government will no longer cover the costs of rapid corona tests for all citizens. If you don’t get the vaccine and need a negative test to go to a restaurant, for example, you have to pay for it yourself. Exceptions apply according to a federal and state government decision Tuesday for people who cannot be vaccinated or for whom there is no general recommendation for vaccination.

At the same time, the federal and state governments have agreed that submission of a negative corona test should become mandatory for many indoor activities in August for those who have not been vaccinated and those who have not recovered.