For Chattanooga area drive-in theaters, it's not as simple as taking in the cinema crowd amid COVID-19 closures

Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / Alicia Ford blocks off every other parking spot at Wilderness Outdoor Movie Theater in Trenton, Ga.

After an extra two months in the dark, the projection booth will flicker back to life this weekend at the Wilderness Outdoor Movie Theater in Trenton, Georgia.

The drive-in normally operates April through September, but this year's opening was delayed due to coronavirus uncertainties and the extra safety measures that needed to be put in place, including limits on the number of vehicles allowed on the property and the number of people who can enter the concession stand and bathrooms at any one time.

"We've had to take out a couple of registers [in the concession stand] to make room for social distancing in there," said administrative assistant Clara Marona. "We've got all the prep areas ready with disinfectant - it has to be a certain kind - and [hand] sanitizer at the registers.