Owner of The Rialto has concerns after Cooper announces plans for reopening
WRAL's Julian Grace spoke with the owner of The Rialto movie theater, who expressed some concerns after Gov. Roy Cooper announced businesses like his could reopen with limited capacity during the coronavirus pandemic.
YOU CAN COUNT ON WITH WRAL NEWS. >>> BACK TO THE BREAKING NEWS, MOVIE THEATERS ARE ALLOWED TO REOPEN FRIDAY. WRAL JOINS US LIVE INSIDE THE RIALTO THEATER IN RALEIGH WITH REACTION TO THE ANNOUNCEMENT. >> I CAN TELL YOU THERE'S BEEN MIXED REACTION TO THE DECISION. I WILL GET TO THAT. FIRST, WE LASTED HERE IN MAY AND LOOKED AT A NUMBER OF CHANGES THE MANAGEMENT MADE TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYONE WHO COMES THROUGH THESE DOORS WOULD FEEL SAFE. LET'S LOOK AT SOME OF THOSE CHANGES WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT. CREWS PUT UP PLEXIGLASS, THEY ROPED OFF EVERY OTHER I HOPE, PUT GUIDELINES TO KEEP PEOPLE SIX FEET APART. SINCE MAY, THEY'VE WAITED FOR THE DAY THEY COULD REOPEN. IT'S BEEN A VERY DIFFICULT DAY AND MONTH AHEAD FOR THE OWNER OF THIS HISTORIC BUILDING. THE ANNOUNCEMENT GIVES THE THEATER THE BOOZE THAT IT DESPERATELY NEEDS, THERE IS SOME TREPIDATION. >> I'M SCARED. I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO EXPECTATION OF WHAT WILL HAPPEN. >> NONE, NOT EVEN A LITTLE BIT. >> NO. THEY RAN A SURVEY A FEW WEEKS AGO THAT SAID UNTIL A VACCINE FOR COVID-19 IS DEVELOPED , AT BEST YOU CAN EXPECT 40% OF YOUR PATRONS TO RETURN. >> HE GAVE US A TRANSPARENT AND CANDID INTERVIEW. COMING UP, HE WILL TELL YOU WHY HE MAY NOT OPEN WHEN HE POSSIBLY COULD. WE WILL HAVE THAT LATER