L.A. County Movie Theaters Could Reopen Soon

HOLLYWOOD (CNS) - Los Angeles County could decide to reopen movie theaters as early as Friday, according to new state guidelines

Each local health officer has the authority to decide whether to move forward with relaxing restrictions on reopening theaters. While the state provides guidance on how businesses can reopen, counties decide when.

The new rules would limit the number of guests in a movie theater to 25 percent of theater capacity or a maximum of 100 attendees, whichever is lower. Also, theaters would need to implement a reservation system to limit the number of attendees entering the theater at a time when possible.

“Designate arrival times as part of reservations, if possible so that customers arrive at and enter the theater in staggered groups,'' the state*s rules say, according to the Los Angeles Times.

To keep movie fans six feet away from others, theaters are to close or otherwise remove seats from use, which may require seating every other row or blocking off seats in a checkerboard style, in which no one is sitting directly behind other patrons.

The rules would ask patrons to wear face coverings when not eating or drinking. Staff would need to be available to help usher people before the show begins and at its conclusion to reduce crowding when entering or exiting, The Times reported.

The guidelines also suggest using disposable or washable seat covers in theaters, “particularly on porous surfaces that are difficult to properly clean. Discard and replace seat covers between each use,'' the guidelines say.

Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura are among 51 California counties that will be given the option by the state to allow movie theaters to reopen, according to The Times.

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