As the COVID-19 pandemic forces social distancing and closures of businesses where people gather, many of us look for a return to normalcy. However, with some states opening up public venues a little too early, there are new confirmed case spikes in the coronavirus for states like Florida. AMC Theatres was originally planning on reopening on July 15, but plans have changed once again.
The month of July was going to see two major releases during the month: Mulan and Tenet. However, last week both films were delayed once again. Mulan was pushed back to August 21 and Tenet moved to August 12. Because of this, AMC Theaters is pushing back its opening date now to July 30, according to Deadline.
“We continue to devote extraordinary resources into our plan to operate our theaters with a hyper commitment to the safety and health of our guests and associates, notably in the United States through our new AMC Safe & Clean initiative,” AMC CEO and president Adam Aron said in a statement. “Our theater general managers across the U.S. started working full time again today and are back in their theaters gearing up to get their buildings fully ready just a few weeks from now for moviegoers. That happy day, when we can welcome guests back into most of our U.S. theaters, will be Thursday, July 30.”
AMC was already preparing to get back into the swing of things, reopening 450 multiplexes around the country with strict guidelines both patrons and employees in order to minimize the risk of spreading the coronavirus. However, Aron received some criticism recently for saying, “We thought it might be counterproductive if we forced mask wearing on those people who believe strongly that it is not necessary.” However, within hours, AMC changed its stance, and all guests will now have to wear masks when the theater chain reopens its doors.
Additionally, the latest James Bond movie, No Time to Die also got its release date moved around again. Now, the film will arrive five days sooner on November 20 in the US and on November 12 in the UK.
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