After almost an unexpected gap of six months, movie theatres and multiplexes across the country are all set to reopen from October 15 as the part of Unlock 5.0. Over the same, the Centre on Tuesday issued guidelines regarding the operations at cinemas and the precautions to be noted for the cinephiles.
According to the new guidelines issued by the Union ministry of information and broadcasting, cinema halls are allowed to operate with 50% occupancy maintaining one-seat distance. Addressing the SOPs Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday said, “adequate physical distancing of at least six feet has to be followed outside the auditoriums, common areas and waiting areas at all times.”
He also stated that no exhibition of the film shall be allowed in containment zones and wearing masks at all times inside the hall will be important. To reduce contact, Centre’s guidelines promote the use of digital payment systems in, an increasing number of counters at the Box Office for single-screen theatres and frequent sanitization of the area.
Above all, the theatre owners are instructed to maintain proper ventilation and temperature setting of all air conditioning should be above 23 degree Celsius. Movement during intermissions will be limited while no delivery of food and beverages will be allowed inside the auditorium.
“Only packaged food and beverages will be sold and the number of food counters will be increased so as to prevent long queues,” read the guidelines. Cinema halls will now have staggered show timings so as to prevent a large gathering outside the auditoriums before a film begins. The cinema-goers may also be required to provide your phone number at the cinema hall in order to aid in contact tracing should the need arise.