AMC Theatres is cutting its seating capacity in a “social distancing” maneuver aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus.
The movie theater chain said Friday that it’s capping seating within each individual theater to 50% of capacity, or more. And no AMC auditorium will be allowed to have more than 250 people.
The move comes amid billowing concern about the impact of the coronavirus, which threatens to kill hundreds of thousands of Americans.
AMC, the largest movie chain in the country, is already facing a prolonged period of crisis as Americans stay home to avoid becoming infected and as film studios postpone movie release dates. For example, movies like “Mulan” and “No Time to Die” have been delayed.
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AMC’s new parameters take effect Saturday and will continue through April 30.
“AMC is also actively complying with all local authorities’ directives on social gathering and is further reducing the availability of tickets to comply with any current or future federal, state or local governmental order,” the company said in a statement.
Like many other public places, AMC said it’s also implementing heightened cleaning protocols and is requiring workers to stay at home if they aren’t feeling well.
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