On February 18, 2022, DCTMA published an editorial urging local theaters to exercise caution and restraint before lifting current mask and vaccine requirements for patrons. Even then, as case numbers declined from their omicron peak, there was widespread sentiment for people to be “done with COVID.” State and local governments across the country were already ending mitigation measures, a trend that has only accelerated in the weeks since.
To DC-area theaters: Be careful. Being swayed by the momentum of COVID safety-measure removal would be a mistake. There’s far more at stake here than consistency with government guidance or the overall public mood.