After a catastrophic year and a half, the world shows signs of recovering from the coronavirus pandemic. With regard to Hollywood, the successive releases of Godzilla vs. Kong Y A quiet place 2 (which hit US theaters this Friday) point to an increase in the meager box office figures sustained in previous months, all due to the public’s regained confidence to see movies on the big screen again. Cinemas, as it is, are benefiting from the slow improvement in the situation, until continuing within the American case we have found very significant scenarios for several chains.
As collected IndieWire, up to three large companies dedicated to film exhibitions have relaxed their measures as the vaccine is distributed and COVID-19 remits. These are AMC, Regal and Cinemark, which have edited their rules so that the mask is not mandatory for spectators who are already vaccinated. For those who are not yet, the regulation continues as before: they must wear it, and they can only take it off when they are eating and drinking in their seat. As for the employees of these establishments, they will continue to be obliged to wear it regardless of their status.
Likewise, the fact that a portion of spectators no longer have to wear a mask has not been a corrective in other precautionary measures such as social distancing and capacity, in addition to intensive sanitation. “In keeping with the latest indications and after consulting with public health experts”, the AMC spokesperson said in a statement, “AMC Theaters patrons who are fully vaccinated are no longer required to wear a face covering on AMC premises, unless required by state or local ordinances. Guests who are not fully vaccinated are asked to continue wearing masks. “
“All other aspects of AMC Safe & Clean policies and procedures, including locking seats, remain in effect for now.”, concludes its publication. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention throughout the US have declared the masks as optional for those already vaccinated spectators, and in this same vein Regal has been declared as we can read on their website. “Masks will not be required unless state and local guidelines require it. In cases where the use of masks is required, they can only be removed while eating and drinking while sitting in the armchair. Employees monitor the rooms during each session as a regular practice. “
Cinemark is similarly manifested: “Masks are optional for fully vaccinated clients … all employees are provided with appropriate masks and are required to wash their hands frequently.”
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