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10/17/2020 - NORTH COUNTRY CHAMBER WELCOMES GREEN LIGHT FOR REOPENING MOVIE THEATERS
The North Country Chamber of Commerce is welcoming Governor Andrew Cuomo's announcement that movie theaters outside New York City may reopen October 23rd, limited to 25% occupancy up to a maximum of 50 people per screen and subject to other guidelines including air filtration system standards.
"This is a welcome start for another category of orphan businesses, providing a way forward," states Garry Douglas, Chamber President. "We know most of the North Country's movie theaters are very ready to meet the requirements and all are committed to safe environments for their employees and customers. Some have been safely operating already for some months at cinemas they own in other states including Vermont."
"Besides area multiplex theaters, there are a number of small independent movie venues in places like Indian Lake, Tupper Lake, Lake Placid, Ausable Forks and Schroon Lake. A few are seasonal but others can now begin to generate at least some revenue and play the role they play in their communities. Other theaters such as the Strand in Plattsburgh can now look at movies with a limited audience as a first step toward activity once again."
The Chamber reminds movie theater operators that they will need to create and have safety plans available and will need to affirm their acceptance on state guidelines.
Guidelines will be available here.