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AMC Theaters Reverse Policy, Will Require Guests To Wear Facial Coverings When Reopened

Update: AMC Theaters has changed its policy on facial coverings after swift backlash after stating guests would not be required to. The CEO of AMC Theaters, Adam Aron, told Variety that they didn’t want to cause a political controversy by requiring masks in their establishments. It didn’t take long for AMC officials to walk that decision back following pushback.

Guests at reopened AMC Theaters will be required to wear facial coverings.

It’s been a wild 24 hours for AMC Theaters and CEO Adam Aron. The largest movie theater chain in the U.S. has abruptly changed course on facial coverings when the establishments reopen on July 15. After intense backlash for going against health experts around the world, AMC Theaters will now require guests to wear masks. However, the policy is only requiring facial coverings in parts of the U.S. that require facial coverings. It will be strongly encouraged in other parts of the country.

Just goes to show that when social media unites for a common goal, change happens. As more businesses start to reopen, how to best protect the public will be a growing conversation.

Original: The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. There are cases spiking in several states across the U.S. and South America is quickly becoming a new epicenter for the virus. Yet, AMC Theaters is not requiring people to wear masks when at the theater, going against all health guidelines.

AMC Theaters is not requiring facial coverings for customers as numbers surge in various states.

According to reports, AMC Theater officials announced the decision claiming that they didn’t want to be caught up in a political controversy. You read that right. AMC Theaters is disregarding the best-proven tool to stop COVID-19 infections because officials are the company claim that combatting a deadly virus is political.

Facial coverings have been proven by health officials around the world to be the best tool against COVID-19.

Studies from health officials and organizations from around the world have proven that wearing facial coverings work. Masks and maintaining social distancing are crucial to defeating COVID-19. Customers of the movie theater chain are disappointed that the company would choose to be political over protecting public health.

The chain will also not take temperature checks at the door leaving it open for customers with symptoms to enter with no masks.

The mask has become politicized due to right-wing figures claiming it is an infringement on their rights. One popular Trump supporter was removed from an American Airlines flight for not wearing a mask. Airlines have already announced that people will be placed on no-fly lists if they refuse to wear facial coverings in a move to protect public health.

People are canceling their A-List subscriptions with AMC to protest the decision not to help combat the virus.

AMC CEO and president Adam Aron told Variety that the movie theater company was no rushing to reopen to give the country time to get the virus more under control before opening. He stands with the decision made to place AMC counter science and data in their reopening strategy as one that benefits customers who don’t want to wear facial coverings

Facial coverings work in stopping the spread of COVID-19.

As more is learned about this virus it is more and more certain that wearing facial coverings and practicing social distancing are what work. We are all in this together. By wearing a face mask, you keep others safe. Follow the scientists and the experts as the world keeps on fighting against COVID-19.

READ: A Louisiana Cop Has Been Fired After Saying It Was ‘Unfortunate’ That The Coronavirus Hasn’t Killed More Black People

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Met Gala 2021 Is Happening And Amanda Gorman Is Set To Host The America-Themed Fashion Event

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Met Gala 2021 Is Happening And Amanda Gorman Is Set To Host The America-Themed Fashion Event

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It’s 2021 and the Met Gala is back this year – after being canceled in 2020 thanks to a pandemic – with superstar poet Amanda Gorman being eyed to host the fashion event of the year. Given the 23-year-old’s show-stopping performance at the inauguration, the theme fittingly will be a celebration of America and American designers.

The Met Gala will return in 2021 with a very special guest as host.

Vogue’s “Oscars of Fashion” famously takes place on the first Monday of May. However, this year it’s been pushed back to September 13, in hopes that life will have returned to something closer to normal by then.

Epic poet Amanda Gorman is reportedly in talks to co-host the event alongside Tom Ford, who is the academy’s president. The breakout star of President Biden’s inauguration, Gorman is on the cover of the magazine’s May issue and the subject of a relentlessly glowing profile inside.

The black-tie gala, which raises funds for Met’s Costume Institute, is normally fashion’s biggest night and sees guests from Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B to Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and even Maluma.

The event was canceled in 2020 thanks to a global pandemic.

The world’s most glamorous party was canceled in 2020 because of COVID-19, which was (and still is) raging the planet at the time. There was a virtual event in place of the 2020 event, with celebs like Julia Roberts, Priyanka Chopra and Amanda Seyfried showing off their looks from home and stars like Mindy Kaling and Adam Rippon taking part in the #MetGalaChallenge, recreating looks from past years.

This year’s event will draw inspiration from all things USA.

The theme of this year’s Met Gala has not been announced, but Page Six says the night will be devoted to honoring America and American designers, following the 18-month-long COVID crisis in this country.

Recent past themes for the event have included “Camp: Notes on Fashion” (2019), “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” (2018), and “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between (2017). And don’t forget 2016, when Zayn Malik wore robot-arms to Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.

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Brazil Just Passed a Bill That Will Allow Rich Corporations to ‘Skip the Line’ for COVID-19 Vaccines

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Brazil Just Passed a Bill That Will Allow Rich Corporations to ‘Skip the Line’ for COVID-19 Vaccines

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Currently, Brazil is one of the world’s epicenters of the coronavirus. In March 2021, Brazil saw 66,573 COVID-19-related deaths. That means 1 in every 3 COVID-related deaths worldwide are occuring in Brazil.

And it doesn’t appear that the numbers will be slowing down anytime soon. While the United States is making strides in their COVID-19 vaccine distribution, Brazil is lagging far behind. And things are about to get a lot more complicated.

On Tuesday, Brazil passed a bill that would allow corporations to buy up as many vaccines as they can get their hands on, and privately distribute them to their employees first.

Elected officials in Brazil are arguing that the country has become so desperate to vaccinate its citizens, that it doesn’t matter who gets the vaccines first at this point.

The country, once renowned for having one of the most robust and efficient public vaccine-distribution programs in the world, has failed to make strides towards getting their citizens vaccinated.

“We are at war,” said the leader of the chamber, Arthur Lira. “And in war, anything goes to save lives.” We don’t know about you, but usually when it comes to war, we’ve heard that soldiers prioritize the health and safety of young, the weak, and the elderly before their own? We digress…

Brazil’s plan to privatize the vaccine rollout has brought up moral and ethical questions.

From the beginning, the World Health Organization has asked countries to first prioritize essential health workers and then high-risk populations when distributing the vaccine.

Anything other than that would promote a pay-to-play schemes in which the rich could protect their lives before poor people could. And poor people are more likely to die from COVID-19 in the first place.

As Alison Buttenheim, behavioral scientist and expert on the equitable allocation of the COVID-19 vaccine said, vaccine distribution should not “exacerbate disparities and inequities in health care,” but instead address them. Brazil’s vaccine rollout plan would fail to do any of the above.

If countries begin to allow the rich to prioritize their own interests during the vaccine rollout, the consequences could be disastrous.

In a time when the world is stoked by fear and uncertainty, the worst thing that can happen is for rich companies to exacerbate inequalities by effectively choosing who lives or dies.

As the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization said at the beginning of the global vaccine rollout: “any distribution of vaccines should advance human well-being and honor global equity, national equity, reciprocity, and legitimacy.”

Poor Brazilians should not be left to fend for themselves against COVID-19 simply because they are poor.

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