Seven months since closing doors, cinema halls to reopen from 15 Oct with 50% capacity

Prakash Javadekar made the announcement and added that online booking of tickets will be encouraged, but box offices will be open for single-screen theatres

Press Trust of India October 06, 2020 12:09:58 IST
Seven months since closing doors, cinema halls to reopen from 15 Oct with 50% capacity

Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar. Image from Twitter

New Delhi: After seven months of shut down due to COVID-19, cinema halls will reopen on 15 October with 50 percent capacity and one-seat distance between the viewers, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said Tuesday.

"Cinema halls are shut for last seven months. They are now opening from 15 October. For safety of people, we have come out with SOP to be followed," Javadekar said.

"Cinema halls shall be allowed to open with 50 percent capacity only and people will maintain one-seat distance. Wearing masks at all times will be important," he added.

Briefing the press at his residence, the Union minister also said that online booking of tickets will be encouraged but box office will be open for single-screen theatres.

"In single screen theatres, ticket counters will be opened. However, we encourage online booking for contact-less transactions. Proper ventilation has to be ensured and temperature setting of all air conditioning should be above 23 degree Celsius," he said.

The Ministry of Home Affairs had in its unlock guidelines issued on 30 September allowed reopening of cinema halls from 15 October.

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