The county of San Bernardino announced Wednesday, June 10, that movie theaters can reopen on Friday, June 12, provided they limit attendance for each theater to 25 percent of capacity or 100 patrons, whichever is less.

This is according to guidance added Monday, June 8, by California’s State Department of Public Health to guidance that was issued on Friday, June 5, for family entertainment centers.

The movie theaters join campgrounds, RV parks, bars, wineries, fitness facilities, hotels, museums, and zoos in being able to reopen Friday in counties that have met certain thresholds on the number of cases, testing and preparedness, including San Bernardino County.

Not included in Friday’s announcement were nail salons, tattoo studios, performance venues and youth sports, which are not authorized to reopen.

Businesses and activities staying open depend heavily on compliance with public health guidance and safe practices.

In addition to limiting gatherings to allow for physical distancing, people should wear face coverings in public and wash their hands frequently. Seniors and others who are vulnerable to illness should be especially cautious. Sharp increases in cases and hospital admissions could prompt the state to reclose businesses and activities.

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