Corona Chnronicles: AMC Theaters Require Face Masks

AMC Theatres said Friday it is reversing course and will require that customers wear face masks when reopening its theaters next month.

On Thursday, the largest movie chain in the U.S. unveiled its initial reopening plan, which includes a slew of enhanced sanitary and social distancing measures developed in conjunction with numerous experts. AMC said it would strongly encourage customers to wear masks, and require them to if so ordered by local authorities.
In an interview with Variety, Aron elaborated and said he didn’t want to make masks a requirement and be drawn into a political controversy. (The Trump campaign has made headlines around the world for not requiring supporters to wear masks at a rally on Saturday in Tulsa). Aron’s remark sparked an immediate furor on social media.
AMC plans on opening 450 or so of its U.S. theaters on July 15, while all 600 should be open by July 24 in time for Disney’s Mulan and Warner Bros.’ Tenet.
In its Friday statement, AMC said it quickly realized that it hadn’t gone far enough its its mask policy, based on the outcry from customers (patrons are still expected to be allowed to take off masks to eat or drink concessions).
It remains to be seen whether Regal Cinemas and Cinemark, the county’s two other largest cinema circuits, follow suit and also require ticket buyer to wear face masks (employees are being required to do so).

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