AMC, Cinemark and Regal Are Suing New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy For Keeping Them Closed!
Man, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is having quite the summer. First it has been the uproar over closing business down the shore now the theaters are after him. This past Monday several movie chains filed a suit in Trenton federal court which outlines the failure to allow them to remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The theaters which include AMC, Cinemark an Regal are citing the fact that Gov. Phil Murphy is allowing houses of worship and other public institutions such as libraries, museums, and amusement parks to reopen while the theaters remain closed. The collective of theaters are saying that this act is a violation of their free speech, equal protection and due process.
The theaters are stating that they have detailed safety plans in place to ensure the safety of moviegoers.
“Rather than address these comprehensive safety proposals in any meaningful way, Defendants have chosen to continue to discriminate against movie theatres and to continue to require the closure of indoor movie theatres,” the suit claims. “The ostensible reason offered by Defendants is that there are other and virtual ways to watch movies. Defendants have not applied this rationale to the other places of public assembly that Defendants have permitted to reopen.”