Movie theaters at Monroe shopping mall scheduled to reopen

MONROE, Mich. (AP) — Movie theater screens at a southeastern Michigan shopping mall are scheduled to reopen.

Phoenix Theatres said it will begin showing films again Friday, according to the Monroe News.

The theater operates 10 screens at the Mall of Monroe, about 44 miles (71 kilometers) southwest of Detroit.

Theaters and a scores of other businesses across the state were ordered closed earlier this year by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the state.

The 1945 law used by Whitmer to respond to the coronavirus pandemic was declared unconstitutional last week by the Michigan Supreme Court.

Phoenix Theatres owner Cory Jacobson said earlier this week that the action comes after the court’s ruling.

Jacobson said the theaters “intend to follow the CinemaSafe guidelines to ensure the safety of our guests.”

“All of our theaters in Michigan will reopen to support the return of Hollywood’s blockbuster movies to the big screen,” he added.

Employees are to wear masks and other protective gear and moviegoers will be required to wear masks as they move through the theater.

Phoenix Theatres said it also will implement social distancing guidelines in the lobby and common areas. A reserved seating system will keep customers six feet from other groups.

The company also has theaters in Wayne and Livonia, as well as as Massachusetts and Iowa.

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