Now that Laemmle Theatres is fully reopened — all eight theaters at 50% capacity — now is a good time for a reminder that masks are still required in our lobbies and auditoriums by all managers, staff, and customers. The CDC issues recommendations but the state and county have jurisdiction and both the California and L.A. County health departments continue to require that masks be worn indoors regardless of vaccination status. The only exception for moviegoers: when seated in an auditorium while eating or drinking. We are doing our best to supervise with signage and polite verbal reminders when necessary, and fortunately most of our patrons are being very conscientious.
On a community level, however, we still haven’t vaccinated a large enough percentage of the population. And that’s not just about the vaccine hesitant. There are also 12-16 year olds who only recently became eligible.
So for the sake of our community, and to really squelch the transmission of the virus, please stay masked up for the time being.
Hopefully, it will be just a few more weeks.