Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday announced the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for theatres and multiplexes opening up after six months.
New Delhi| The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has issued guidelines related to operations in theatres and multiplexes on Tuesday. The cinema halls are scheduled to reopen from October 15 after being closed for more than six months in the wake of the Covid-19 epidemic.
As per the new guidelines, cinema halls are allowed to operate with 50% occupancy so that adequate social distancing can be maintained among the people. The ministry has said that the show timings of the screening will also be changed and a sufficient number of box office counters will be opened to avoid overcrowding. The guidelines have also asked the audience to avoid the crowd during the interval.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday announced the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for theatres. Addressing reporters at his residence, he said that cinema halls would be allowed to open from October 15 with a seating capacity of 50 per cent. It will also be mandatory to wear a mask and keep a one-seat distance between the audience.
He said, “The cinema houses have been closed for the last seven months. They will now open from 15 October. We have prepared SOP for the safety of the people. 50 per cent people will be allowed to sit in cinema houses,” he said.
Javadekar said that it would be mandatory to show or announce a one-minute film to spread awareness about how to prevent Coronavirus infection. He said, “After the end of one show, the entire hall will have to be sanitized only then the second show will start. More windows have to be opened for booking tickets in a single screen. Online ticket booking will be encouraged everywhere. Packed food will be available.”
He hoped that the SOP would follow and people would be able to go to theatres from October 15 and watch movies.
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