Should AMC Portage Street Require Masks When Reopening?
As businesses are allowed to slowly reopen, the debate continues to swirl around whether or not masks should be required to be worn by all patrons entering a business, specifically if those businesses are known for serving hundreds of customers in an enclosed space at a time. AMC Theatres recently announced that they will be making mask wearing optional for all movie goers when they reopen 600 of their locations next month. But is that a good idea?
AMC CEO Adam Aron went on record saying, quote, "We did not want to be drawn into a political controversy. 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.”
Theatre employees will be required to wear masks during their shifts, and new sanitation practices will be implemented, as well as stopping ticket sales when a theatre is at 30% capacity to comply with physical distancing recommendations.
What do you think? Should locations that conduct all their business indoors require guests to wear masks or leave it up to the individual patron's discretion? This may be a debate for years to come.