The government on Tuesday issued guidelines regarding operations at cinema halls and multiplexes that are set to open on October 15 after being shut for over six months due to coronavirus pandemic. As per the new guidelines, cinemas are allowed to operate with up to 50 per cent seating capacity with a one seat distance in order to maintain appropriate physical distance between people. Announcing the instructions, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said that all COVID-19 guidelines and standard operating protocols issued by the ministry must be adhered to at all cinema halls/theatres.
The show timings of the movie screenings will also be staggered and an adequate number of box office counters will be opened to avoid overcrowding, Javadekar stated. • Film Exhibition will not be allowed in containment zones. • Spitting strictly prohibited. • Thermal screening is to be carried out for all • Entry and Exit must be in a row-wise manner • Sufficient interval time. • hand sanitization should be made available. • Digital no-contact transactions should be the most preferred mode • Only packaged food and beverages shall be allowed. • Do’s and Don’ts shall be communicated for public awareness • Wearing masks and maintain social distancing is a must for all.