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California theaters could reopen on Friday if they limit the auditorium capacity to 25%, according to guidelines released Monday by the California Department of Public Health. County public health officials must always give their approval.

Many states have authorized the reopening of cinemas. But Californian theaters are particularly important for cinema. Los Angeles and its suburbs are the number 1 cinema market in terms of ticket sales. (The New York area, where no reopening date has been announced, is the second.) The Bay Area is also an important market. To justify a national release – Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet,” for example, is slated for July 17 – studios need theaters in most major markets to operate.

Opening the way for theaters to relight their marquees, California health officials have asked that masks be worn for all clients, except when eating or drinking, and that groups be seated at least six feet away each other in a checkerboard style. They also suggested that theaters provide ticket holders with designated arrival times so that they can enter “in staggered groups.”

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  • Dunkin Donuts said Monday it plans to hire up to 25,000 new workers at its franchises to cope with an influx of customers as states begin to reopen. Dunkin, which has 8,500 restaurants in the United States, said about 90% of its establishments are now open.

The reports were provided by Liz Alderman, Brooks Barnes, Niraj Chokshi, Peter Eavis, Jack Ewing, Kevin Granville, Mohammed Hadi, Jeanna Smialek and Carlos Tejada.


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