The Globe and Mail reports in its Saturday edition that Cineplex is sticking with COVID-19 safety policies that leave it up to moviegoers to decide whether they wear a face mask inside theatres.
A Canadian Press dispatch to The Globe reports that Cineplex confirmed Friday that despite a mandatory face mask policy being introduced at several U.S. theatre chains, it intended to stick with guidance from Canadian health authorities on masks.
The decision comes after a sudden reversal south of the border, where the head of AMC
Theatres, Adam Aron, confirmed that masks were optional, saying a mandatory enforcement risked being "political."
He said he "thought it might be counterproductive if we forced mask wearing on those people who believe strongly that it is not necessary."
By midday on Friday, AMC had changed its mind, saying masks would be mandatory.
Sarah Van Lange says despite AMC's move, she did not anticipate any changes in Canada.
She outlined a number of safety measures Cineplex will have in place when it reopens, including that its employees are required to wear masks and personal protective equipment, but left it up to customers to decide whether to don a mask or not.
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