With the release of several highly-anticipated movies this summer, many moviegoers are wondering if masks will be required in theaters. Here’s what we know so far.
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Movie theaters have been struggling since the pandemic hit. To ensure the safety of both employees and customers, many have implemented various safety protocols such as increased cleaning, plexiglass barriers, and contactless payment options. One safety measure that has been debated is whether or not customers should be required to wear masks.
On one hand, requiring masks provides an extra level of protection for both employees and customers. It also sends a clear message that the theater is taking the pandemic seriously and is doing everything possible to keep its customers safe. On the other hand, some argue that mandating masks creates an unwelcoming environment and could discourage people from going to the movies.
At this point, there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to requiring masks at movie theaters. It ultimately comes down to each individual theater’s preference and what they feel is best for their business.
What are the guidelines for wearing masks in movie theaters?
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, movie theaters have had to adapt in order to keep customers and staff safe. One of the biggest changes has been the requirement that all customers wear masks while in the theater.
Masks are required for all customers over the age of 2, and must be worn at all times, even while eating and drinking.
There are a few exceptions to this rule – if you have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing a mask, or if you are unable to put on or remove a mask without assistance, you will be allowed to enter the theater without a mask.
All customers are required to wear masks when entering the theater, and will be asked to remove their masks briefly for ID checks. Masks must be worn at all times while in the theater, except when eating or drinking.
Are masks required at all times in the theater?
As of right now, the answer to this question is a resounding no. Masks are not required to be worn at all times in the theater. However, we do encourage our guests to wear masks when not eating or drinking and to maintain social distancing when possible.
What if I don’t want to wear a mask?
While obedience to state and local ordinances is required, we also understand that some of our guests may have personal circumstances that do not allow them to wear a face covering. Our goal is to keep everyone as safe and comfortable as possible, so we have created the following procedures for guests who are unable to wear a mask:
We ask that you speak with our guest services team before entering the theater so that we can seat you in an area that will minimize contact with other guests.
Once you have been seated, our ushers will not approach you for any reason. If you need assistance, please wave us down and we will be happy to help from a distance.
We ask that you refrain from eating any food inside the theater. If you must eat, please do so quietly and discreetly.
We also ask that you refrain from talking during the movie. If you must talk, please do so quietly and only with the people who are seated with you.
We know that not everyone will be able to comply with these guidelines, and we appreciate your understanding and cooperation.
How do I know if a theater is requiring masks?
With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to ravage the United States, many people are wondering if they will be required to wear masks when going to see a movie in a theater. The answer is complicated and differs from state to state.
Some states, like California, have mandated that all moviegoers must wear masks at all times while in the theater. Other states, like Texas, have left the decision up to individual theaters. And still others, like Florida, have no statewide mask requirement but do recommend that people wear them when possible.
The best way to know if a particular theater is requiring masks is to check with the theater directly before you go. Most theaters have their policies posted on their websites or social media accounts. And if you’re unsure about a particular policy, it’s always better to err on the side of caution and bring a mask with you just in case.
Are there any exceptions to the rule?
While some movie theaters are beginning to lift their mask mandates, most are still requiring masks except when eating and drinking. We break down the exceptions to the rule.
As the country begins to reopen, many businesses are implementing mask mandates for customers and employees. This includes movie theaters, which are slowly starting to reopen across the country. However, there are some exceptions to the rule when it comes to masks at movie theaters.
Generally, masks are required at all times except when eating and drinking. This applies to both customers and employees. However, there are some exceptions for customers with certain medical conditions that make wearing a mask difficult. In these cases, theater personnel will ask customers to provide a doctor’s note verifying their condition.
There are also exceptions for children under the age of 2, who are not required to wear masks at all. Additionally, theater personnel may ask parents of small children to temporarily remove their child’s mask during certain moments of the movie, such as during intense scenes that may be too scary for young children.
Overall, most movie theaters are still requiring masks except when eating and drinking. However, there are some exceptions for customers with certain medical conditions and for young children.
What are the consequences of not wearing a mask in a theater?
If you don’t wear a mask in a movie theater, you could be asked to leave. You also may be subject to a fine if your state or local government has enacted a mask mandate. In some states, such as California, refusing to wear a mask in a public indoor space is punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
What if I have a medical condition that prevents me from wearing a mask?
If you have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing a mask, please contact the theater prior to your visit to discuss available options.
Can I wear a face shield instead of a mask?
At this time, the CDC recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as in grocery stores or pharmacies. However, the CDC also says that cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under the age of 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
Some movie theater chains are requiring guests to wear masks at all times. However, other theater chains are allowing guests to wear face shields instead of masks.
In the United States, there is no nationwide mandate requiring movie theater personnel or moviegoers to wear masks. However, some local and state governments have implemented such requirements. For example, as of October 2020, California requires all theater personnel and moviegoers over the age of 2 to wear masks at all times while inside a theater.