LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Regal Cinemas, the second largest cinema chain in the country, plans to reopen on August 21, despite the fact that health authorities across the country have not yet given permission to reopen such venues.
Regal announced its reopening plan on Tuesday, announcing a "wide range of new health and safety measures based on CDC guidelines."
The new guidelines include contactless payment, the disinfection of every auditorium and seat after each film with an electrostatic "fog machine", which requires masks, frequent hand washing and temperature checks for employees; Required face masks for guests and switching off vending machines, water fountains, self-service spice stands and arcade games, if required by local regulations.
Regal says they will also limit the capacity in each auditorium to 50% and will need two free spaces between groups in their reservation system.
AMC, the country's largest cinema chain, also announced plans to reopen in mid to late August, awaiting blockbusters like “Tenet” and “Mulan”. Both films have been delayed several times by their respective studios, but "Tenet" is expected to be released in September. A new release date for "Mulan" has not yet been announced.
However, it is not clear whether cinemas can be reopened by local health authorities. The resurgence of COVID-19 infections in California prompted Governor Gavin Newsom to commission bars, restaurants, churches, shopping centers, and gyms to place their indoor operations on the state's watch list in dozens of counties.