Diane PantaleoSalisbury Daily
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Tuesday that the state will enter stage 3 of its COVID-19 reopening plan, which means moviegoers and fans of live shows will finally be able to head to the theaters again.
Before you head out to see a show, here are a few important things to know:
When does stage 3 begin?
The next phase of Maryland’s reopening plan is set to begin Friday, Sept. 4, starting at 5 p.m.
What’s allowed to open?
All businesses will be allowed to reopen, though the max capacity for certain businesses vary. For instance, movie theaters and live entertainment venues will be allowed to open at 50% capacity, or a max of 100 people for indoor venues and 250 people for outdoor venues. Retail stores, churches and other businesses will be able to operate at 75% capacity.
Will I be required to social distance?
Yes. The state of Maryland has provided guidelines for businesses for social distancing, which include social distancing measures, as well as sanitation guidelines for both employees and customers.
Do I still have to wear a mask?
Yes. Everyone 5 years and older will be required to wear a mask while indoors. When outdoors, masks are required if you are not able to maintain 6 feet of distance from others.
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How will movie theaters work?
To begin, you are encouraged to buy your tickets online beforehand. According to the state guidelines, theaters will also be required to have staggered schedules for screenings, so be sure to check listings carefully.
You may also be able to preorder snacks before you get to the theater.
Companies not have released specific reopening plans for their movie theater locations in Maryland at this time.