The most important thing should always be the health and safety of all of us. This is why the government at state levels at various times decided to shut down all non-essential businesses and most places have some sort of stay-at-home protocol. All of this, of course, to try and slow down the spread of the COVID-19. With many people across the country getting restless, the White House has released conditions in which places like our beloved movie theaters can open.
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In the guidelines titled, Opening Up America Again, theaters would be allowed to re-open in phase one of the plan. Under Phase One: Specific Types of Employers, Larger Venues like theaters would be allowed to operate under strict physical distancing protocols. What specific protocols they would have to follow is not described.
But before they can get there each state would have to have a downward trajectory of flu-like illnesses as well as COVID-like syndromic cases within 14 days. Also a downward trajectory of documented cases within the same time. Hospitals would also have to be able to treat patients without crisis care and have a robust testing program. If you want to read more specifics you can check it out in the link below!
Yes, it’s exciting to think about the ability to once again go out to a movie, but there are challenges before we can get there. First off, each state will make their own decisions on when to re-open. Depending on when they reach proposed criteria by the federal government as well as their own, they will begin to open up places like theaters again. Places right now holding protests about their states could see a late spike in the virus as many are not ignoring their state guidelines.
Granted many of us are desperate for some type of entertainment like a movie theater, how many Americans at that point will be able to afford a trip to a theater? Even before this pandemic, it had started becoming more and more expensive to go to the movies with the family.
Last and maybe more importantly, what films will we see in theaters? Hypothetically speaking, if theaters by some miracle opened in mid-May or even early June. What is the slate of films that are going to be offered? Many films have already been moved to the fall or even next year. Will they bring back feel-good classics that will appeal to families in general? It’s difficult for studios to hold something for that day as there is not an official opening day. It could be a month, two or maybe even three! It’s unknown as each state has a different situation.
I am not trying to be negative, just realistic. I look forward to the day when we can go back and enjoy films with family and friends. Almost a year ago, many of us flocked to theaters to see the epic Avengers: Endgame film. Here we laughed, cheered and cried at various moments as 10 years of Marvel Studios films paid off in that massive battle. In the worlds of Spongebob, “I’m Ready!” The reality is that if we all do our part, we can get through this sooner rather than later. That way we can have our movie nights back.
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Source: The White House