Cinema halls all set to reopen today with COVID-19 protocols in place

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The Union government allowed multiplexes, cinema halls and theatres to reopen from October 15 within the framework of a set of standard operating procedure (SOP). 

 

Cinema halls and multiplexes will reopen in several parts of the country today with 50 percent capacity and seats will be marked 'not to be occupied' for ensuring physical distancing to combat COVID-19.

According to the news Agency ANI report, several cinema halls in Delhi will reopen today  after being shut down for over seven months because of restrictions related to the Covid-19 -induced nationwide lockdown in March.

Cinema hall owners ensured the safety of their customers by enforcing the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines that include sanitisation of the halls, social distancing, paperless tickets, and theatres limited to 50 percent occupancy at a time.

Outside the cinema hall, masks have also been arranged for visitors entering the food gallery keeping in mind social distancing measures, and all incoming viewers will need to download the 'Arogya Setu' app on their mobile. 

There will be gaps between seats even if people arrive in the theatres in groups.

As per the report, the intermissions will be longer. So, wait for your turn if you plan to go out of the auditorium. People should show the same patience before heading back to the seat.

According to the MHA guidelines, air conditioner temperature inside the cinema halls must be between 24 degrees to 30 degrees for people's safety.

After a seven-month shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, theatre owners are confident to pull off their business with new restrictions and manage the safety of customers as well as their staff members.

The Union government allowed multiplexes, cinema halls and theatres to reopen from October 15 within the framework of a set of standard operating procedure (SOP). The MHA left it to states to take a final call on the matter.

 

With inputs from Agency

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