AMC, Regal and Cinemark will no longer require fully vaccinated guests to wear face masks.
The movie chain guidelines are in line with updated CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommendations: masks are optional for those vaccinated, while they are “strongly encouraged” for everyone.
For clients who are not vaccinated, the masks can be removed while eating and drinking. Employees should always wear a mask. Theater chains will also continue to practice coronavirus safety measures, including social distancing and reduced capacity.
In a statement obtained by Variety, AMC said, “In accordance with the latest CDC guidelines and after consultation with public health experts, guests at AMC theaters who are fully vaccinated are no longer required to wear face coverings in locations. AMC, unless mandated by state or local ordinances.
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He continued, “Customers who are not fully vaccinated are urged to continue to wear masks. All other aspects of AMC Safe & Clean policies and procedures, including seat blocking, remain in place for the time being. “
Meanwhile, Regal’s face mask website says under recent CDC guidelines “vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks or social distancing” and “the movie industry will continue. meet or exceed local and national public health guidelines.
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“Masks will not be needed unless national and local guidelines require it,” he added. “When masks are mandatory, they can only be removed when you eat and drink while sitting in an auditorium. Employees monitor auditoriums throughout each performance as standard practice.
As for Cinemark, the company’s website says that when it comes to fully vaccinated guests, masks are “optional” – except when required by local mandates. For all other guests, masks are “strongly encouraged” but like Regal can be removed while eating or drinking.
CDC Director Dr Rochelle Walensky announced on Thursday during a White House coronavirus briefing that people fully vaccinated against coronavirus no need to wear masks indoors or outdoors or at a physical distance in large or small gatherings.
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Fully vaccinated people are always advised to wear masks when in crowded indoor environments, such as on public transport and in hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters.
People who are immunocompromised should see a doctor before giving up masks, Walensky said, warning that if the number of cases in the United States increases, the guidelines may change.
Representatives for Regal, Cinemark and AMC did not immediately respond to Fox Business’s request for comment.
Fox News’ Alexandra Hein and Kayla Rivas contributed to this report.