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Riverbank Businesses Springing Back To Life
The parking lot remains empty and the screens dark at Riverbank’s IMAX and Galaxy Luxury+ Theatres, despite the lifting of stay-at-home restrictions. The Phase 3 recovery on the COVID situation was begun last Friday in California, with the local theaters expecting to re-open within the next month. Ric McGinnis/The News

A busy parking lot at Galaxy Theatres on Patterson Road in Riverbank this past weekend indicates that the movie screens are back in action. Thanks to the move to the ‘red’ tier of the state’s COVID virus classification, many businesses in town are now able to be open to the public, albeit with continued restrictions. The theatres are able to present both current and recent major films, and also feature a bargain series of $5 movies that have become classics. Even the IMAX screen is back at work, most recently featuring the Kong vs. Godzilla blockbuster.

Local restaurants and retail establishments also are able to let more customers inside at a time.

Among others across the state and the country, the Galaxy Theatres are certified by CinemaSafe, a program promoting protocols and guidelines developed and supported by leading epidemiologists to support a safe return to movie theaters, according to officials.

They’re “committed to theaters and their employees adhering to all CDC, state and local regulations, as well as expert-backed suggestions” officials said.

The announced protocols include “mandatory masks, social distancing, hand washing, staggered show times and seating. Cleaning and Disinfecting all auditoriums, concession areas, surfaces and restrooms is conducted between uses.”

Officials said they’re doing everything possible to ensure a safe and healthy return to the movies for their patrons.

Monday this week also saw the resumption of Riverbank schools following Spring Break, with staggered schedules and intense cleaning activities.