Cinema Hall Reopened After Seven Month As Per New Guidelines Issued
Theatres, multiplexes and cinema hall are recently allowed to resume operation as per the guidelines issued under Unlock 5. Cinema halls in several parts of the country reopened today after seven months as they were closed since March because of the coronavirus crisis.
However in states like Maharashtra, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Chhattisgarh theatres and multiplexes will remain closed while in states like Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka cinema halls have reopened. North-eastern states have not issued any guidelines to reopen cinema halls so they will remain closed until further notice from the state.
The new guidelines demands only fifty percent occupancy, frequent sanitisation of the area, social distancing of at least 6 feet, thermal screening before entering the multiplexes or the theatre and adequate protection gear for the staff is compulsory. There is one more change movie-goers will experience and that is, compulsory providing phone number for “contact tracing.”
At the food and beverages section will be sterilised under UV rays for eight minutes before being handed over to the customer. All food containers will be completely covered with paper lids. The prices of tickets and food will remain the same as pre-COVID rates even after the extra arrangements.
Floor and seat markers for social distancing, and only “asymptomatic” customers are allowed entry. The temperature of air conditioner have to be set between 24-30 degree Celsius and cross ventilation is must.
Shows at cinema halls will be much lesser in number as compared to the pre-Covid days and also intervals of different shows should be staggered and efforts should be made to ensure that there is no crowding in the restrooms and food counters.
The screens should be cleaned after every show COVID-19 protocol of the Centre and state government should be strictly adhered to, failing which action will be initiated under the IPC and Disaster Management Act, the statement said.
Since there are no new releases in theatres this week, old films like Sushant Singh Rajput's last theatrical release Chhichhore, Kedarnath, and other movies like Tanhaji, Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, Malang, War and Thappad will be out on the big screen once again.