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post Mar 18 2020, 06:57 AM
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Region movie theaters shutting down in coronavirus outbreak response

John J. Watkins, The Times

AMC is closing its movie theaters for at least six to 12 weeks, GQT Portage 16 IMAX is closed through at least the end of the month, and Cinemark theaters are closed starting Wednesday until further notice, all in response to the deadly coronavirus epidemic.

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Kansas-based AMC shuttered AMC Schererville 16, AMC Schererville 12, AMC CLASSIC Hobart 14 Michigan City and AMC CLASSIC Hobart 12 Tuesday "in compliance with local, state and federal directives, and as a precaution to help ensure the health and safety of moviegoers and theatre staff."

AMC decided to take the action after more than a dozen states mandated the closure of movie theaters, bars and restaurants in some of its largest markets. The federal government recommended no public gatherings of more than 10 people, which AMC said made running a movie theater "essentially impossible."

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“We are ever so disappointed for our movie-going guests and for our employee teams that the new CDC guidelines that Americans should not gather in groups larger than 10 people make it impossible to open our theaters," AMC CEO and President Adam Aron said. "Still, the health and wellbeing of AMC guests and employees, and of all Americans, takes precedence above all else. We will continue to monitor this situation very closely and look forward to the day we can again delight moviegoers nationwide by reopening AMC movie theatres in accordance with guidance from the CDC and local health authorities.”

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AMC will monitor the situation and is flexible about reopening whenever the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and public health authorities say it's safe to do so. All A-List memberships are paused with no billing or payments taking place during the duration of the closure. The chain can still serve movie-goers with AMC Theatres On Demand, where people can buy or rent more than 3,500 movies online.

Cinemark announced closure of its Valparaiso theater and others in its chain Tuesday afternoon.

"Each of our theaters will be closed beginning Wednesday, March 18, until we believe it is safe to once again welcome moviegoers to our auditoriums," Cinemark announced.

Cinemark is extending the expiration date for all Cinemark Movie Rewards points to June 30 and is pausing Movie Club memberships while theaters are closed. It will not bill the monthly fee.
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post Mar 25 2020, 07:29 AM
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Kroger announces more measures to protect people from coronavirus

INDIANAPOLIS (WNDU)- Kroger announced on Tuesday that it's adding more measures to help protect workers and customers from the spread of the coronavirus.

Kroger is asking government officials for help in securing protective masks and gloves, for workers to wear during their hours.

Kroger says it will also soon install plexiglass partitions at many cash registers, to help promote physical distancing.

The partitions will be installed at every checklane, pharmacy counter and Starbucks register in the stores.

The company is also having educational floor decals to promote physical distancing at checklanes and other counters.

"Kroger continues to enhance its daily sanitation practices, including increased cleaning of commonly used areas such as cashier stations, self-checkouts, credit card terminals, food service counters and shelves," according to a statement from Kroger.

"These and other recently announced steps will help Kroger ensure the safety of associates and help our communities flatten the curve while at the same time meeting our obligation to be there for our customers."
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