I think we can all agree that Covid-19 rained on our parade, especially when it comes to doing the things we enjoyed doing pre-pandemic. The movie theaters have a dark cloud hovering above them because some are being forced or are taking it upon themselves to require moviegoers to vaccinate or not be allowed access to the theaters.
Starting September 13th, New York City theaters are moving forward with requiring moviegoers to show proof of vaccination before entering. Joe Masher, the president of the National Association of Theatre Owners of New York, has his concerns about enforcing the change on moviegoers, as it might leave theaters with fewer attendees who will ultimately leave them with less gain.
Masher had this to say:
“We’re really terrified about what’s going to happen. I know these mayors think they’re doing the right thing, but they seem to leave theaters in the lurch all the time. There are still — to this day — zero cases of COVID traced to a movie theater, and we’re receiving disparate treatment again. Movie theaters are going to suffer.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that NYC movie theaters will have to push this new rule & that the main reason he has included theaters in his list of places that require vaccines to enter is that he wants younger people to get vaccinated. De Blasio said the following:
“We know how important that is,” de Blasio said. “One of the biggest areas of concern is reaching younger New Yorkers, our 20-somethings, 30-somethings who need to be convinced that it’s so powerful to be vaccinated.”
Masher is definitely correct about movie theaters suffering once this goes into effect, as many are against being vaccinated.
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