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Los Angeles and New York Movie Theaters Shut Down

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Bill de Blasio and Eric Garcetti, mayors of New York City and Los Angeles respectively have passed laws ordering movie theaters across their cities to close down. This order is put forth because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is history in the making. Because the first time in modern history drastic measures like these are taking place. Such laws are circulating to contain the virus and prevent its’ spread. NYC has taken more steps in order to isolate people by closing down restaurants, night clubs, schools, malls and large gatherings like concerts or at a sports venue.

The mayor shares closing down movie theaters wasn’t an easy decision to make

De Blasio took to his Twitter account to say:

“This is not a decision I make lightly. These places are part of the heart and soul of our city. They are part of what it means to be a New Yorker. But our city is facing an unprecedented threat, and we must respond with a wartime mentality. We will come through this, but until we do, we must make whatever sacrifices necessary to help our fellow New Yorkers.”

Recommendations by the Center for Disease Control

On Sunday, CDC and Prevention recommended that any gatherings that will entail fifty or more people should be immediately shut down or called off. This rule should remain effective for at least eight weeks as of now.

AMC Theaters CEO, Adam Aron also took to Twitter and said:

“With this action, AMC continues its commitment to adhere to recommendations of the CDC on social distancing, which is an extremely important concept in these unprecedented times”.

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