The large movie theater chain AMC Theaters revealed more information on Friday regarding their plans for reopening, including the news that it will be requiring all their guests and staff members to wear face masks, except for when they are eating or drinking. This is different than what the company had originally stated earlier this week, according to Today.
AMC theaters have been closed nationwide throughout the coronavirus pandemic due to a need for social distancing. On Thursday, June 18, the chain released a statement regarding its reopening, explaining that theaters would be opening their doors to the public again on July 15. At the time, it spoke of some of the precautions it intended to implement to keep customers safe, including careful sanitation, social distancing, as well as face masks required for employees. However, the company said it would not require patrons to wear face masks.
The announcement was met with a lot of backlash from people who felt that face coverings should be required for everyone. Thus, the chain ultimately decided to reverse its policy and require masks to be worn by both guests and staff.
In a recent interview, AMC chief Aram Aron explained why he had decided to reverse the policy, saying that he did not want to get wrapped up in a big political controversy. He also stated that his reasoning behind initially not requiring face masks was that he wanted to accommodate those that don’t want to wear facial coverings or don’t find them necessary.
“We thought it might be counterproductive if we forced mask wearing on those people who believe strongly that it is not necessary. We think that the vast majority of AMC guests will be wearing masks. When I go to an AMC feature, I will certainly be wearing a mask and leading by example.”
In its new statement, AMC noted that it felt it was necessary to listen to its customers and assured them that they had been heard. The company also expressed how the safety of its guests is its priority.
“As we reopen theaters, we now will require that all AMC guests nationwide wear masks as they enter and enjoy movies at our theaters. “The speed with which AMC moved to revise our mask policies is a reflection of our commitment to the safety and health of our guests.”
As The Inquisitr previously reported, AMC was hit particularly hard by COVID-19 and at one point, it even considered filing for bankruptcy.