ODEON cinemas are set to open on May 17 with new measures after being closed for months during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Odeon has followed Cineworld in announcing that its 120 UK sites will reopen in May with new safety measures in place.

The reopening date is a beacon of hope for cinema chains who have been hit hard by the Coronavirus pandemic.

New rules for reopening will require visitors to wear masks when entering the screening. They will be able to remove it when seated to eat and drink.

Start times will be staggered to reduce queuing, only contactless payments will be accepted.