California to Allow Movie Theaters to Reopen in Most Counties By Friday

California released new guidelines for reopening on Monday, which will allow qualified counties to begin reopening movie theaters as early as Friday, June 12, the Los Angeles Times reports. 51 out of 58 California counties are eligible to resume by Friday. The new guidelines will allow local health officials to decide whether to move forward with relaxing restrictions on movie theaters. The new rules would allow 25 percent of theater capacity or a maximum of 100 attendees, whichever is lower. Theaters will also have to set up reservation systems to limit the number of attendees entering theaters. “Designate arrival times as part of reservations, if possible so that customers arrive at and enter the theater in staggered groups,” the new rules say. Theaters will also have to remove seats from use, possibly in a checkerboard style, so no one is sitting directly behind another patron. Theater-goers will also have to wear face coverings when not eating or drinking, and ushers will be needed to guide customers. The new guidelines also recommend washable or disposable seat covers, which can be changed between viewings. Read more here