FILE PHOTO:  Closed signs are seen on an AMC Theatre during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in New York

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After reaction, AMC states it will need masks at all U.S. theaters


FILE PICTURE: Closed indications are seen on an AMC Theatre throughout the break out of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19), in New York City City, U.S., April 29,2020 REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Image

June 19, 2020

( Reuters)– AMC Home Entertainment Holdings Inc << AMC.N> > stated Friday it would need visitors to use face masks at all of its U.S. cinema when they resume in July, a turnaround of a policy from a day previously that triggered a speedy reaction.

On Thursday, AMC had actually stated it would just motivate mask using other than in states where authorities needed it.

The policy drew instant criticism on social networks from individuals who stated they would not feel safe if others around them were not using masks.


AMC stated on Friday that it had actually listened to responses from its consumers and researchers and reversed course.

“It is clear from this response that we did not go far enough on the usage of masks,” AMC President Adam Aron stated in a declaration.

“As we reopen theatres, we now will require that all AMC guests nationwide wear masks as they enter and enjoy movies at our theatres.”

AMC, the world’s biggest cinema operator, prepares to resume 450 theaters in the United States on July 15, and the staying 150 theaters in the nation in time for the opening of Walt Disney Co’s << DIS.N> > “Mulan” on July 24 and Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” on July 31.

The business stated it would at first embrace restricted seating and implement social width all theaters, with every auditorium being cleaned up in between programs and regularly decontaminated.


On Thursday, Aron had actually stated in an interview with Range publication that the business did not wish to enter into a “political controversy” by requiring individuals to use masks inside film halls. (https://bit.ly/319SN7Z)

Numerous Twitter users implicated the film chain of refraining from doing enough to secure the health of its visitors.

Star Elijah Wood, in action to AMC’s declaration, tweeted: “And masks, you should require masks. Has nothing to do with politics, but rather, public health.”

(Reporting by Shradha Singh and Neha Malara in Bengaluru; Extra reporting by Lisa Richwine in Los Angeles; Modifying by Uttaresh.V, Ramakrishnan M. and Steve Orlofsky)

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