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Movie Theaters Don’t Have to Disinfect Anymore. Many Are Still Doing It Anyway

Gene Maddaus Senior Media WriterSince reopening at the end of 2020, movie theaters have been trying to keep patrons safe from COVID-19 by disinfecting after every screening.

They bought up misters and foggers, along with untold volumes of cleaning chemicals, and carefully wiped down any surfaces where virus particles might collect.But this aspect of theater hygiene has turned out to be little more than — well — hygiene theater.

Experts have been saying since last year that the risk of surface transmission was tiny, and in April the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pegged the risk at just 1 in 10,000.As a result, the National Association of Theatre Owners has quietly backed off its mandate to disinfect between each screen.

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