Movie theater chains, including AMC, Regal and Cinemark, will no longer require fully vaccinated guests to wear masks.
In line with CDC guidelines, face masks will be an option for vaccinated patrons and will “Strong support” for all others For customers who are not vaccinated The mask can be removed when eating and drinking in the auditorium. All employees at AMC, Regal and Cinemark are still required to wear masks.
Movie theater chains continue to enforce other COVID-19 safety measures such as social distancing and reduced capacity. Includes an improved cleaning protocol to help stop the spread of the virus.
“In line with the latest CDC recommendations and after consultation with public health experts, Fully vaccinated AMC theater guests are no longer required to wear masks at AMC premises unless mandated by state or local law,” AMC said in a statement. fully, will be asked to continue to wear masks. All other aspects of AMC Safe & Clean policies and procedures include seat blocking. It is still in effect now.”
Spokesmen for Regal and Cinemark did not respond. Variety ask for feedback
However, Regal̵7;s website states that “people who are vaccinated no longer need to wear masks or social distancing. The movie theater industry will continue to meet or exceed state and local public health guidelines.” The company notes that state and local guidelines may vary based on local conditions.
“Masks will not be necessary unless mandated by state and local guidelines. where masks are ordered The mask could only be removed while eating and drinking while sitting in the auditorium,” the statement continued. “Employees inspect auditoriums throughout each operation are standard practice guidelines.”
Cinemark’s updated mask policy, according to its website, says. “Masks are an option for fully vaccinated guests. [except where required by local mandates]It is recommended that other guests wear masks in accordance with CDC guidelines. Masks may be removed when eating and drinking in the auditorium.”
Movie theater groups, especially AMC, entered the controversy last June. as they began to reopen in the midst of the pandemic. In an interview with VarietyAMC CEO Adam Aaron said his company, the world’s largest cinema circuit, I don’t want a mask because “Don’t want political conflicts”
After an immediate controversy, AMC and its competitors wanted masks for everyone.