According to a recent news release, movie buffs will have something to do this summer because AMC Theatres and Regal Theatres
will start reopening some of their branches’ doors to the public again. However, the theaters will follow important guidelines such as requiring their movie-goers to wear face masks while inside the facilities.
Theaters Reopen In July With COVID-19 Guidelines
After a couple months of going through a lockdown due to an unprecedented viral outbreak, the country sees some of its states starting to slowly reopen just in time for the summer. One such industry that’s trying to get back on its feet as we all navigate this new normal is the movie industry. As such, movie theaters like AMC and Regal have announced that come July, some of their branches will be open to the public once again. No hugging in the dark just yet because they will do so while following safety guidelines for COVID-19, which means requiring movie-goers to wear face masks.
Still, those who love going to the theaters will now have something to look forward to.
With plans on reopening come July 10, the companies running the theaters recently updated their guidelines after they faced criticism from people because their earlier announcement didn’t mention wearing masks for safety purposes.
“We think it is absolutely critical that we listen to our guests. It is clear from this response that we did not go far enough on the usage of masks,” Adam Aron, AMC’s CEO and president, said.
Guests will therefore be allowed to bring their own masks, while those who won’t be able to bring one can buy a piece for a dollar. Guests who aren’t willing to wear one or buy from the box office wouldn’t be admitted.
With the initial announcement back in Thursday not including masks, the company drew some flak online that linked the CEO to politics.
“We did not want to be drawn into a political controversy. We thought it might be counterproductive if we forced mask-wearing on those people who believe strongly that it is not necessary,” Aron clarified.