Additional Reopening Guidance: Movie Theaters, Shopping Malls, Casinos

Governor Ducey released further guidance for Movie Theaters, Shopping Malls, and Casinos to follow in order to safely reopen. While these guidelines may reduce risk of transmission, any indoor spaces with large numbers of people, exchange and movement, airflow, individuals without masks, and lack of very frequent cleaning, increases your risk of developing COVID-19 significantly. While these venues are opening, as public health professionals we do not recommend attending these venues, particularly if you are immunocompromised, work or live with immunocompromised individuals. Immunocompromised conditions include but are not limited to: chronic lung disease (inclusive of asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD], and emphysema); diabetes mellitus; cardiovascular disease; chronic renal disease; chronic liver disease; immunocompromised condition; neurologic disorder, neurodevelopmental, or intellectual disability; pregnancy; current smoking status; former smoking status; or other chronic disease. Alternative activities include- Netflix Party, online shopping and even online gambling. If you choose to still go, be sure to call ahead and make sure guidelines are being followed. Leave if you feel unsafe.

The table below outlines general guidance that all businesses should implement and all visitors should follow as they visit businesses reopening in Arizona.

Businesses should remember to:Visitors should remember to:
Continue to maintain physical distancing.
Provide and require employees to wear masks whenever possible.

Provide soap and water handwashing stations or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Require employees to regularly wash hands for at least 20 seconds.

Operate with reduced occupancy with special attention to limiting areas where customers and employees can congregate.

Consider posting signs advising customers and employees of expectations and guidance.

Wipe any objects or surfaces between use or customer.

Implement symptom screening for employees prior to the start of their shift.
Stay home if you are feeling ill.

Stay at least 6 feet away from others.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.

Use touchless payment when possible (pay without touching money, a card, or a keypad). If you must handle money, a card, or use a keypad, use hand sanitizer immediately after.

After leaving, use hand sanitizer.

When you get home, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

To reopen safely, in addition to following the information in the table above, movie theaters, shopping malls, and casinos should follow the specific guidance below: 

Movie TheatersShopping MallsCasinos
Reopening guidance for movie theaterscan be found here.Reopening guidance for shopping malls can be found here.Reopening guidance for casinoscan be found here.
Consider scheduling staggered showtimes.

Consider spacing out seating for those who are not in the same party to at least six feet apart.

Concession areas should:
Wash, rinse, and sanitize food contact surfaces, food preparation surfaces, and beverage equipment after use.

Avoid using/sharing items, like condiments, butter dispensers, popcorn flavorings, etc. Instead, use single serving condiments, no-touch trash cans and doors.

Avoid providing alcohol other than at a concession area with clean glasses.

For theaters that offer on-premise child care: Follow the CDC guidance for Child Care Programs that Remain Open

Provide signage including floor decals or taping throughout the shopping mall to reinforce
physical distancing.

Ensure food court seating is appropriately physically distanced.

Food court restaurants should follow the same  restaurant guidelines.

Implement additional disinfecting of high touch point areas throughout the mall’s common areas regularly.

Consider closing play areas or water features where children may congregate and not allow for appropriate sanitation between uses.

Consider spacing out slot machines, tables, chairs and disinfect regularly.

Place disinfecting wipes at slot machines, tables, and kiosks. Encourage customers to wipe down equipment before and after playing.

Casino restaurants should follow the restaurant guidance.
Drink attendants should wash hands after picking up used glasses.

Active Game tables should:
Operate between 2 closed tables and limit the number of people at a table with empty seats in between.

Non-players should not cluster at or behind the table or players.

Limit sharing / passing of chips and tiles and frequently change out cards and chips. 

Provide hand sanitizer for hand dealt games, and also consider requiring players / dealers to use gloves.

Additional guidance for other business types can be found here.

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