Big movie chains say more masks for fully vaccinated people
Three major US movie chains no longer need masks for fully vaccinated people, just as the summer movie season kicks off on Memorial Day weekend.
AMC Entertainment, Cinemark and Regal Cinema recently updated the policies on their websites with clarifications on the new guidelines.
“With rapid improvements in COVID-19 case rates, increasingly widespread vaccinations, and recent CDC recommendations that vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks or social distancing, the healthcare industry cinema will continue to meet or exceed national and local public health guidelines, ”Regal said on its website.
Similar updates have been posted on the AMC and Cinemark websites. However, all three chains said they follow state and local guidelines for mask use, which may be different from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.
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Earlier this month, the CDC said that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks in most places, including indoors, and Pennsylvania is following those guidelines. The CDC still advises partially vaccinated or unvaccinated people to wear masks.
On Friday in Pennsylvania, Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam announced that starting June 28 or when 70% of adults are fully immunized, the state’s order for masks will end. Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration said last week that 70% of adults in the state had received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. About 53% of adults in the state are fully immunized.
Movie theaters are not the only chains to lift mask warrants. Some grocery stores and retailers no longer require customers to wear masks.
The updates come as some theaters reopen in central Pennsylvania after months of closures due to coronavirus restrictions. Regal Cinemas opened its theaters, including Regal Harrisburg in Susquehanna Township, this month.