The mask-wearing revolution continues, as now Regal Cinemas has made wearing masks mandatory in its theaters when they reopen. This follows the ire drawn by AMC for comments their CEO made last night saying they wouldn't require masks in their theaters because they didn't want to "wade into a political debate". Earlier today, they reversed that decision. Regal is the number two chain in the world behind AMC, with Cinemark being third. Right now, Cinemark will only require masks in states where it is being enforced to do so. Like Regal, for those without masks, there will be disposable ones provided.
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"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. As related to our employees, guests will also be required to wear masks. Disposable masks will be made available as needed," Regal told Deadline. "We did not want to be drawn into a political controversy," said AMC CEO Adam Aron last night. "We thought it might be counterproductive if we forced mask-wearing on those people who believe strongly that it is not necessary. We think that the vast majority of AMC guests will be wearing masks. When I go to an AMC feature, I will certainly be wearing a mask and leading by example."
Well, that leaves one. Cinemark will reopen some theaters today, with masks and face coverings recommended and not mandatory. We shall see how that goes, although I doubt they would want to be the only outlier at this point in the major chains. Oh, and by the way: wear a mask.