Another business just announced its plans to close its doors in an effort to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. Add to the list: AMC Theaters.
AMC is the largest theater chain in the country with over 630-locations nationwide; including the Walt Disney World Resort Resident theater, the AMC DINE-IN Disney Springs 24.
The Walt Disney World Resort recently announced that not only would all its theme parks close down, but also all the Resort Hotels and Disney-owned Disney Springs Shops. Slowly but surely, other privately-owned businesses at Disney Springs are following suit. Including AMC.
In an official statement, AMC CEO and President Adam Aron shared:
“We are ever so disappointed for our moviegoing guests and for our employee teams that the new CDC guidelines that Americans should not gather in groups larger than 10 people make it impossible to open our theatres… Still, the health and wellbeing of AMC guests and employees, and of all Americans, takes precedence above all else. We will continue to monitor this situation very closely and look forward to the day we can again delight moviegoers nationwide by reopening AMC movie theatres in accordance with guidance from the CDC and local health authorities.”
They also took to social media to share the news. Here’s the official AMC Twitter account statement. They added a note regarding AMC Stubs A-List Members noting their memberships will be paused during this time. Similar to what Disney is doing for Annual Passholders.
In compliance with local, state, and federal #COVID19 directives, all #AMCTheatres locations are now closed for at least 6-12 weeks. AMC Stubs A-List memberships will be paused automatically during the time AMC theatres are closed.
— AMC Theatres (@AMCTheatres) March 17, 2020
This news comes as no surprise, as more and more businesses are making the tough decision to close their doors and do their part in aiding the social distancing mandate the CDC is encouraging.
In the last presidential statement, the POTUS recommended canceling all gatherings of groups larger than 10. Movie theaters, theme parks, and shopping centers clearly fall into that category.
The question now remains, will 6-12 weeks be what we need to contain this situation? Will Disney Parks truly be able to re-open their doors in the timeframe they are hoping? Only time will tell.
Stay tuned for continued coverage of Disney Parks during the Coronavirus outbreak right here at Inside the Magic as we bring you all the latest. See ya real soon!