Regal Cinemas and AMC Theaters announced plans to reduce theater capacity due to the coronavirus pandemic.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to escalate, businesses are taking measures to minimize the risk of exposing patrons and employees. Now, AMC Theaters and Regal Cinemas have announced plans to reduce theater capacity by 50% as part of the respective measures being taken to protect its workers and customers.
Regal Cinemas released the following statement on preventative measures it is taking in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak:
“The health and safety of our customers and staff is very important to us. We are continuing to follow and monitor official guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public health organizations. [The theater chain will be] educating our staff on prevention, emphasizing frequent and proper hand washing, cleaning high contact points more frequently, providing hand sanitizing soap in all restrooms, and working with local health authorities. Additionally, we have reduced auditorium capacity by 50% and are complying, where applicable, with state mandates on social gathering limits.”
AMC Theaters also announced its own plans to “provide additional space between guests within all its U.S. theatres, to keep its theatres clean and to discourage those with health concerns from coming to its theatres.”
AMC made the following statement on the measures it will take to reduce to risk of exposing guests to coronavirus:
“Beginning tomorrow Saturday, March 14 and continuing until April 30, 2020, AMC will cut in half the seating capacity of every one of its theatre’s auditoriums. It will do so by capping ticket sales for each showtime in each of its theatre’s auditoriums to an amount equal to 50% of the normal seating capacity. In those auditoriums with more than 500 seats, AMC will further cap ticket sales to a maximum of 250 in any case. AMC is also actively complying with all local authorities’ directives on social gathering and is further reducing the availability of tickets to comply with any current or future federal, state or local governmental order.”
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Source: The Wrap