With an announcement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo that most movie theaters outside of Manhattan can reopen on Friday, movies will return to the big screen at Glen Cove’s AMC 6.
“We are certainly happy that the movies theaters are being opened,” said Patricia Holman, the executive director of the Glen Cove Downtown Business Improvement District. “We have missed our movie theater in Glen Cove and it’s great also for our restaurants and also our downtown businesses.”
According to the Nassau County Department of Information Technology, as of Oct. 21, there has been a seven-day increase of 12 positive Covid-19 cases in Glen Cove.
As per orders by the governor, theaters must open at 25 percent capacity and no more than 50 people may be seated in a theater. Theaters can only open outside of Manhattan in counties that have Covid-19 positivity rates of less than 2 percent on a 14-day average and do not have any cluster zones. Theaters will be subject to rigorous state guidance and enforcement.
According to a press release from AMC Theatres, mask wearing, social distancing standards, reduced auditorium capacity, a simplified concession menu, daily associate health screenings and cashless transactions are part of the plan for a safe, movie watching experience.
“It has become clear that movie studios are not willing to release blockbuster product until key major markets are open,” AMC CEO Adam Aron commented. “Therefore, it is a monumental step in the right direction for our entire industry that theatres are starting to open across the state of New York. We thank Governor Cuomo and local leaders in our New York communities for allowing guests to return to AMC at several locations throughout the state.
As Cuomo announced that movie theaters could reopen, he reported a statewide positive Covid-19 rate of 1.11 percent.