The three main movie theater chains in the U.S. announced that masks are no longer required for people fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as vaccine rollout and reopening plans march on nationwide.
AMC, Cinemark, and Regal Cinemas on Friday said that movie goers who are not fully vaccinated will be asked to continue wearing masks.
AMC's website read: (quote) “In accordance with CDC guidelines, masks are not required for guests who are fully vaccinated. If you are not fully vaccinated, we ask that you continue to wear a mask throughout the theater unless actively enjoying food or drinks.”
Similar updates to mask policy were made on Regal and Cinemark websites. All three chains said they would follow state and local mandates on mask-wearing, which may be different from the CDC guidelines.
Other social-distancing measures and cleaning protocols will remain in place.
The move was made some two weeks after the CDC said that fully vaccinated people can avoid wearing masks indoors in most places.
Movie-going has begun ramping up in the U.S. after lengthy closures and a lack of new film releases.