ORLANDO, Fla – The biggest movie theater chain says they plan to begin a phased reopening of select locations beginning July 15.
The company is rolling out its “safe and clean” initiative, which includes health and safety protocols that will be in place when guests return.
AMC says the new safety policies were advised by Dr. Joseph Allen, a noted expert and faculty member at Harvard School of Public Health, and through a partnership with cleaning company Clorox®.
The new policies include:
- Enhanced cleaning of common areas and high-touch points
- Extra time cleaning between movie showtimes
- The use of electrostatic disinfectant sprayers and vacuums
- Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning filter upgrades
- Simplified, reduced menus at concessions stands. Large popcorn and drink refills suspended
In phase one of the companies reopening plan, auditoriums will be reduced to thirty percent capacity. The next phases of the plan include increased auditorium capacities, but AMC said this is all based on federal, state and local directives.
It is absolutely crucial that we listen to our guests. With the full support of our scientific advisors, we are reversing course and are changing our guest mask policy. We now will require that all AMC guests nationwide wear masks as they enter and enjoy movies at our theatres. pic.twitter.com/DxS9pTjwSi— AMC Theatres (@AMCTheatres) June 19, 2020
The company explains that it hopes to be in its final rollout, phase four, by Thanksgiving and operating at full capacity.
AMC will require its employees to undergo daily health screenings, frequent hand washing and the wearing of face masks.
Guests will also be required to wear facial coverings, maintain social distancing and use cashless transactions.
AMC plans to give additional news on which locations are opening in a future release.