Movie Theaters In WNY Can Reopen At Limited Capacity Next Week
One of the things people have wanted to be reopened for a long time is finally going to be next week, albeit with major capacity restrictions.
According to WKBW, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Saturday that movie theaters outside of New York City would be allowed to reopen on October 23rd, at 25 percent capacity, or up to 50 people per screen.
UPDATE: According to WKBW, Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties do NOT qualify to reopen indoor theaters under Cuomo’s guidelines.
Only theaters in counties that are below a 2 percent infection rate on a 14-day average will be allowed to be open, and no "cluster zones."
Masks will be required. Assigned seating and social distancing must be followed and all theaters who reopen need to meet enhanced air filtration, ventilation, and purification compliance.
Indoor movie theaters haven't been opened since the pandemic started, back in mid-March. Drive-in movie theaters were given the okay to reopen back in the spring.
However, news came two weeks ago that Regal's parent company would be closing all Regal theaters in the U.S. and the U.K. until 2021, so that would be a blow to moviegoers who want to return to the theaters before 2020 is over.
I'm itching to get back to an indoor movie theater but it's obviously going to look vastly different with the severe capacity restrictions, masks, and other safety guidelines.
Read more at WKBW.