Movie Theaters Sue New Jersey For Right To Reopen

Movie chains are suing to be included in New Jersey’s reopening plans. An empty parking zone is seen at an AMC movie show in Clifton, N.J, on April 5. Ted Shaffrey/AP disguise caption

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Movie chains are suing to be included in New Jersey’s reopening plans. An empty parking zone is seen at an AMC movie show in Clifton, N.J, on April 5.

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Cinema chains, together with AMC Entertainment, Cinemark and Regal Cinemas, have filed go well with towards New Jersey’s governor for refusing to permit them to reopen amid the continued COVID-19 pandemic.

In the lawsuit led by the National Association of Theatre Owners of New Jersey, naming Gov. Philip Murphy and New Jersey’s well being commissioner, Judith Persichilli, the plaintiffs argue that as a result of church buildings and retailers have been allowed to open within the state, the film theaters needs to be permitted to reopen as nicely.

In the go well with filed on Monday in U.S. District Court in Trenton, the cinema chains acknowledge the hazard posed by COVID-19.

“Plaintiffs support fair and reasonable actions by the government to address that risk. However, the government-mandated total closure of movie theatres is neither fair nor reasonable, and is instead a violation of Plaintiffs’ First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and freedom of expression, Equal Protection of the laws, Due Process under the law, and is a Taking of property without just compensation,” the lawsuit says.

They say Murphy and Persichilli have made “unconstitutional and unlawful distinctions in allowing certain places of public assembly to reopen, while requiring movie theatres to remain closed.”

The plaintiffs are looking for an injunction to cease New Jersey from imposing orders that stop film homes from opening “simultaneously” with different, comparable venues.

Murphy unveiled a phased reopening of the state in May.

Bow Tie Cinemas, BJK Entertainment, and Community Theaters are additionally plaintiffs within the go well with.

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