THE FILM INDUSTRY HAS already taken a huge hit during the coronavirus outbreak, with 120,000 workers out of a job so far, according to the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.

Movie theaters around the nation are closed, and many movie releases scheduled for March and April have been postponed.

As Americans practice social distancing, one type of movie experience is making a comeback, according to the Los Angeles Times: drive-in movie theaters.

The nation’s approximately 300 drive-in theaters allow patrons to remain in their car, without having to interact with other customers. According to the United Drive-In Theatre Owners Association, there were 305 drive-in theaters in the U.S. with 549 screens as of October 2019.

While none of these states appear to have banned the use of drive-in movie theaters specifically thus far, The Los Angeles Times reports that some drive-in theaters have closed down, while others have remained open.

The White House has advised Americans to limit social gatherings to 10 people or fewer, and to 50 people or fewer for the next eight weeks. Doug Mercille, who owns the Starlite Drive-In in Cadet, Missouri, told the LA Times that it’s a “gray area” as to whether drive-in theaters should be considered gathering places.

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