Michigan movie theaters, bowling alleys can reopen Oct. 9

Businesses can open with limited capacity

NOVI, Mich.Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer amended the MI Safe Start order to reopen movie theaters and performance venues.

But the capacity will be nowhere near pre-COVID-19 numbers.

READ: Michigan Gov. Whitmer reopens movie theaters, strengthens mask requirements in schools

The decision comes as Whitmer has been under increasing pressure to explain why businesses like casinos can open but theaters could not.

“It’s going to be a slow rebuild. We don’t expect a full attendance right away -- especially with the capacity restrictions,” said Emagine Entertainmen CEO Anthony Laverde. “But we’re looking forward to 2021. There’s a full slate of films almost every month next year and we will be here ready, willing and able to serve our guests safely.”

Due to capacity restrictions, only 20 people are allowed per 1,000 square feet of space and masks must be worn. This goes for cinemas, bowling alleys and live theater.

There is a max total of 500 people allowed.

The capacity limits means it will be difficult to make a profit, but there will be some cash flow and employees called back to work.

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