Regal Cinemas Joins In Making Protective Masks A Requirement When Theaters Reopen

Well, there you are. When one industry leader is forced by customers into making a decision, the competitors always follow suit. After AMC was shamed for their “Waaahhh we don’t wanna be political!!!” stance on requiring guests to wear protective masks, Regal Cinemas is now joining in making them mandatory.

“Our current mask policy requires both employees and guests to wear masks at all Regal theaters,” a company spokesperson told Variety. “Our ultimate goal is to create a safe environment for our guests and employees. This is a change to our previous policy on masks based on feedback received from our customers.”

Regal’s reopening date is July 10th, putting it slightly ahead of AMC. Their safety guidelines are mostly the same, with Regal stressing social distancing measures, sanitization efforts, and reduced theater capacity to help mitigate the thread of coronavirus.

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