Movie theaters in California are trying to start reopening as early as June 12th, but it will be under severe proposed guidelines that have been issued by the state’s Department of Public Health. The rules for movie theaters will include “requiring face coverings to be worn when entering and exiting theaters when taking refreshments at the concession stand and whenever physical distancing cannot be maintained.”
The guidelines also restrict the number of attendees to 25% of theater capacity, or a maximum of 100 attendees, whichever is way lower. A reservation system will be executed to limit the number of attendees entering the theater at a time whenever feasible. On top of that public drinking, water fountains will be nonoperational. Seating will also be changed up to make sure physical distancing of at least six feet between attendees. The Department of Public Health said:
“This may require seating every other row or blocking off or removing seats in a ‘checkerboard’ style (use each row but make sure no one is directly behind other patrons) so that distances are maintained in all directions. Members of the same household may be seated together but should maintain at least six feet of distance from other households,” the new rules read.
The guidelines also said that “the county health officers should have approval following their reviews of local epidemiological data, including cases per 100,000 people, rate of test positivity and local preparedness to support a health care surge, vulnerable populations, contact tracing, and testing.”