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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.

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MLS Players Test Positive As Teams Travel To Florida To Start Tournament


MLS Players Test Positive As Teams Travel To Florida To Start Tournament

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The numbers are startling. The number of COVID-19 infections in the U.S. is skyrocketing and breaking records for the number of infections almost daily. One of the hardest-hit states in Florida and the MLS is determined to bring their season back using Florida as their meeting ground.

MLS athletes and staff members are testing positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Florida.

Major League Soccer is one of the first sports to attempt to restart its season. Fans were excited about the decision to restart the sport and MLS officials set their sights on the Walt Disney World Resort. Teams were flown down to Orlando to create a bubble to restart the sport as safely as possible.

Florida is experiencing one of the most severe spikes in cases in the country and the MLS is not immune to the spread.

Florida recently reported more than 10,000 cases July 1, a record for the state, and within 1,000 infections from the nation’s record set in New York. Orange County, which is home to Orlando and Walt Disney World Resort, is facing one of the most devastating outbreaks in the state.

There is a lot of chatter about whether or not is possible for this bubble idea to work.

“So far, most guys have been sticking to their rooms, playing video games, FIFA and 2K. We’ve had the opportunity share meals together, which was nice because I haven’t eaten in a group in a long time,” San Jose defender Tommy Thompson told Tampa Bay Times. “It felt great to be back on the field. When we all got on that bus together and started to train with contact, it felt really good.”

Fans are questioning if this idea is going to work.

Some players have told the press that they do feel safe in the bubble as the teams practice and prepare for the MLS is Back Tournament.

“Everyone is wearing masks, some guys are wearing gloves, and I feel safe 100 percent,” Dallas midfielder Tanner Tessmann told Tampa Bay Times. “They separated us on the buses and on the plane. We are staying one to a room in the hotel. So, I feel really safe. They have good procedures in place, so everything should go smoothly.”

The MLS is Back Tournament is set to begin July 8, considering everything goes according to plan. The rest of the teams are expected to arrive this week with the first game between Inter Miami and Orlando City.

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Man Posts Plea For People To Social Distance After Falling Ill Of COVID-19 And Died The Next Day

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Man Posts Plea For People To Social Distance After Falling Ill Of COVID-19 And Died The Next Day

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The world is still in the midst of a deadly viral pandemic. COVID-19 is not going away on its own and there are things that people can do to slow the spread. One of the most effective tools is wearing a mask followed up by social distancing. One man thought he could ease up and contracted the virus. Here is his warning.

A man known as Tommy Macias died one day after warning people about the dangers of COVID-19.

Credit: Tommy Macias / Facebook

Macias died the next day after posting this message on Facebook warning his friends and family about the dangers of COVID-19. According to the man’s post, he attended a party and contracted the virus there. Health experts have warned against gathering with friends and family right now. Parties have become some of the most infectious sites leading to the current outbreaks across the country.

Macias’s Facebook post touches on a point that drives home the importance of wearing face masks. After being exposed, he then exposed his entire family because he ignored health regulations.

The man’s death from COVID-19 has created a fear among his friends.

“Don’t take advantage of the unknown, don’t expect things to be fine. Take this shit seriously,” @flawlessbikerzcordova wrote on Instagram. “I had been diligent about wearing my mask but from time to time loosen up around the crew and friends. Not anymore!”

The U.S. is seeing a spike in cases across several states and cases are increasing in 35 states. The U.S. has seen record infection numbers in recent days and that trend is mirrored in Calfornia where the sudden reopening of the economy led to a runaway outbreak in the state.

Macias is now one of the more than 127,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19.

According to NBC News, the Riverside County Office of Vital Records confirmed that Macias did die from COVID-19. According to Macias’s brother-in-law, Macias was diligent about wearing his mask and following health regulations. However, when California Governor Gavin Newsom signaled rapid reopening within weeks in June, Macias felt safe letting down his guard.

“He was quarantining because he was overweight and had diabetes,” Lopez told NBC News in explaining how careful Macias has been.

Macias’s death is a warning to Americans.

As the quarantining drags on due to reopening reversals, fatigue is setting in with Americans about self-isolation. With a holiday weekend underway, Macias’s message is a warning call to Americans as social distancing is forgotten and people argue over masks.

Health experts continue to stress the importance of wearing face masks when out in public and to stay away from indoor gatherings with friends, like parties. It might be uncomfortable and you might not like it but it is what we need to do to get back this virus.

Please stay safe, smart, and follow health guidelines this 4th of July weekend.

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