AURORA, Mo. (KY3) – A southwest Missouri drive-in is opening for the primary time tonight since some social gathering limits have been restricted. The proprietor mentioned it usually would’ve opened a month in the past.
The scene was fairly completely different than a standard summer time Saturday night time on the Sundown Drive-In Theater in Aurora. Usually, 300 vehicles can pack into car parking zone to look at a film on the massive display screen. To permit for social distancing, the proprietor solely allowed in about half of that.
Kayette Glass has been bringing her boys to the drive-in in Aurora since they had been little.
“We come each summer time to see the film and simply spend time collectively as a household,” Glass mentioned.
This time, they bought in line proper at 6:00 p.m., virtually three hours earlier than the film was set to start out, to ensure they bought a spot.
“I am not too upset that they are to place areas between us as a result of a whole lot of the instances it is fairly packed in right here and we’re all on prime of one another,” mentioned Glass.
Proprietor Larry Marks mentioned he is doing what he can to ensure everyone seems to be protected whereas seeing the present.
“It is going to be a gradual course of however all of that is higher than the choice which isn’t in any respect,” Marks mentioned.
Marks mentioned the concession stand will likely be open, however solely two folks will likely be allowed in at a time, one to order and one to pick-up meals. He mentioned one individual or one household will likely be allowed within the restrooms at a time, and hand sanitizer will likely be used earlier than and after getting into.
The playgrounds will likely be open, as a result of Marks mentioned that is in keeping with the Lawrence County Well being Division’s rules.
“We will comply with the principles. I’d simply hate to see any person catch one thing like this from a drive-in, any drive-in…The least of all, I’d hope it will not occur at ours,” Marks mentioned.
Marks has owned the drive-in for the reason that 1970’s and mentioned he by no means imaged having to take precautions throughout a pandemic, however households like Glass’ are grateful for protections at their favourite place.
Glass’ son Xavier Hauck mentioned, “You simply spend extra time with your loved ones, it is extra of a pure surroundings to spend relaxed and to not do a lot stuff.”
“There is a large display screen,” mentioned her youthful son Elijah.
Marks mentioned that is going to be an fascinating summer time for his drive-in. He isn’t simply exhibiting films, but in addition holding church providers and live shows right here as effectively, since different leisure venues aren’t capable of open but.
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