AMC Theatres, the nation’s largest chain, has announced plans to temporarily close all of its cinemas in the United States due to the coronavirus outbreak.
“All AMC locations in the United States will close for at least six to 12 weeks, in compliance with local, state and federal directives,” the company said a press release issued overnight. “AMC will continue to monitor the situation closely, and the company will remain flexible on reopening, in accordance with CDC recommendations and governmental directives.”
The decision came after the federal government issued new guidelines Monday, calling for Americans to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people.
AMC said the new directive made it impossible to continue operating.
“Today, the federal government recommended no public gatherings take place that are larger than 10 people, making movie theatre operations essentially impossible,” the company said.
The movie chain said it will automatically pause all A-List memberships while its cinemas are closed, with no billing or payments occurring. The press release also noted that customers can still use the AMC Theatres On Demand service to rent and buy more digital releases.
Other services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, BET+, and XUMO are also available.