The cinema halls are opened with the permitted 50 % occupancy. However, the big ticket movies are eagerly waiting for 100% occupancy. And the central government has finally announced the good news by allowing the cinema halls and multiplexes to run with full capacity from February 1.
Accordingly, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs has permitted theatres to operate with 100% seating capacity. Simultaneously, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has issued a set of guidelines for the prevention of Covid 19.
As per the guidelines, no screenings are allowed in containment zones. Subsequently, the movie halls and multiplexes should ensure the safety of the viewers by implementing several measures. The government clarified that wearing masks and temperatures checks are mandatory at the theatres.
Besides, the theatres should have separated seats, staggered showtimes, social distancing and should encourage digital ticket bookings.
Adequate physical distancing of at least 6 feet to be followed outside the auditoriums, common areas and waiting areas at all times. This news will give big relief to the exhibitors as well as the makers who are losing out so much even after the 50% occupancy is allowed since October.
Following are the Set of Guidelines for Theatres and Audience to Follow
- Use of face covers/masks to be made mandatory at all times.
- Availability of hand sanitizers, preferably in the touch-free mode, at entry and exit points as well as common areas within the premises.
- Respiratory etiquettes to be strictly followed. This involves strict practice of covering one’s mouth and nose while coughing/sneezing with a tissue/handkerchief/flexed elbow and disposing off used tissues properly.
- Self-monitoring of health by all and reporting any illness at the earliest to state and district helpline.
- Spitting is strictly prohibited.
- Installation and use of Aarogya Setu App shall be advised to all.