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Drive-In Cinema Cancels As Carpark Is In England But Screen And Toilets In Wales

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Drive-In Cinema Cancels As Carpark Is In England But Screen And Toilets In Wales

A drive-in cinema has been forced to cancel its Halloween events because of the coronavirus lockdown variations between England and Wales - which mean it would have been illegal to go to the toilet.

Six days of Halloween film events were organised to take place at Chester FC's Deva Stadium, starting next week. But because the venue is on the border of Wales and England, the event was privy to two separate sets of restrictions.

It also means that many customers wouldn't be able to enter, with those from Tier 3 areas, including nearby Liverpool, wouldn't be able to attend.

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Chester, which sits between Wales and Merseyside, is in Tier 2 at the moment, meaning areas on either side of the city are facing tougher restrictions.

With Wales entering a 'firebreak' lockdown tomorrow, matters have become even more difficult, as all cinema screenings will be made illegal from 6pm, until 9 November.

The Moonlight Drive cinema was set to show classic films including Beetlejuice and The Rocky Horror Picture Show on its 30ft Airscreen.

But organisers had to cancel after realising the screen is technically located in Wales.

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CEO Andrew Bentley said: "It turns out the border goes through the middle of the car park but the screen is mostly in Wales.

"'We are already having to refund our customers who live in Wales as cinema is part of their circuit breaker.

"However, customers who live in England are also to be banned from straying into the wrong bit of the car park to watch the film, and Flintshire police say they will enforce at the event.

"You'd need to scale a decent sized fence to get further into Wales, and you don't leave England to get to the stadium.

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"We could try to squeeze the screen into the smaller English side of the car park, but the loos are still in Wales so our customers are going to be caught short, or just caught at the border.

"There obviously was a common-sense accommodation that could have been applied, however we can find the humour in these dark days and don't want to make anyone's life harder than it already is.

"We'll probably need to cancel the event due to restrictions in Wales, which is a shame because of course drive-in is a super safe way to find enjoyment at the moment."

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Topics: UK News, Coronavirus

Amelia Ward
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