US cinemas cancel mask mandate for vaccinated people

Face masks are no longer required at the three major movie theater chains in the United States for people who have been fully vaccinated against the corona virus, updated guidelines on Friday show.

AMC Entertainment, Cinemark and Regal Cinemas said on their websites that moviegoers who are not fully vaccinated will be asked to continue wearing masks and other social distancing measures and cleaning protocols will remain in place.

“In accordance with CDC guidelines, masks are not required for guests who are fully vaccinated,” AMC said on its website, citing the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “If you are not fully vaccinated, we ask that you continue to wear a mask throughout the theater unless you are actively enjoying food or drink.”

Similar mask policy updates have been made to the Regal and Cinemark websites. All three chains said they would follow state and local mandates for wearing masks, which may differ from CDC guidelines.

The changes for movie theaters come two weeks after the CDC said fully vaccinated people should not wear masks in any environment.

Filming has begun to ramp up in the United States after prolonged pandemic-related shutdowns and a lack of new film releases.

Movie studios and theater chains launched a “big screen is back” campaign last week, a preview of a summer of blockbusters, including the new Fast & Furious film and the superhero film Black Widow.

Hollywood studios are closely watching the box office receipts for two big movies set to release this weekend: Cruella, a prequel story about the villain in 101 Dalmatians, and the thriller A Quiet Place Part II.

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