California Movie Theaters Given OK for Limited Reopening

Sierra Vista Cinemas. Photo taken Fall 2019. (Clovis Roundup Photo)

Movie theaters in California have been given the go-ahead by the state to reopen, as long as they follow a set of guidelines.

State guidance said that theaters can fill theaters up to 25 percent capacity, or up to 100 people, adding to a list of businesses being allowed to reopen such as gyms, day camps, schools, bowling alleys and others.

Counties that meet certain metrics set by the state can start reopening these businesses on Friday as California continues to ease restrictions on its stay-at-home order that has been in place since mid-March.

The state recommends that theaters implement seat reservation systems, also suggesting that moviegoers wear masks.

Film and TV production may resume subject to labor agreements.

Other entertainment businesses that have not approved for reopening include ice rinks, roller rinks and laser tag arenas. The state says that maintaining physical distancing of at least six would be difficult in these situations.

As of now, Sierra Vista Cinemas has not made public any plans of reopening.

Michael graduated from Fresno State in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in print journalism. During his time at the university, he served as sports and managing editor for The Collegian, Fresno State’s student-run newspaper. In addition to the Clovis Roundup, Michael has written for The Fresno Bee, the Kingsburg Recorder and Selma Enterprise. He has a passion for sports and can be found on the sidelines at local games, bringing the citizens of Clovis the athletics news they deserve.