Cinemas, Multiplexes will be Permitted to Open with 50% Seating Capacity from October 15: MHA
A cinema hall before screening
In its latest guidelines for further reopening, the Union Home Ministry has allowed certain activities such as functioning of cinemas, theatres and multiplexes with 50% seating capacity from October 15.
However, cinema halls, theatres and multiplexes will have to strictly adhere to standard operating procedures (SOP) issued by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting.
Meanwhile, Business to Business exhibitions will also be permitted to open from October 15, for which SOP will be issued by the Department of Commerce.
MHA issues new guidelines for re-opening; gives flexibility to States/UTs for opening of schoolsCinemas/ theatres/multiplexes outside the containment zones, permitted to open with upto 50% of seating capacity from October 15(1/4)Details: https://t.co/0FsSFa5D74 pic.twitter.com/N0mE6DOVnS— PIB India (@PIB_India) September 30, 2020
In what can be a breather for professional swimmers, swimming pools being used for training of sportspersons have been permitted to open from October 15. However, they must adhere to certain SOP to be issued by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports.
In news that is certain to bring cheer to many, entertainment parks will also be permitted to open from October 15, said the MHA. These too will have to follow SOP which will be issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.
However, the MHA has asserted that these activities will only be allowed in areas outside Containment Zones. "The new guidelines, issued today, are based on feedback received from States and UTs, and extensive consultations held with related Central Ministries and Departments," said the MHA in a statement.
Meanwhile, the lockdown will continue to be implemented strictly in Containment Zones till October 31.
PV Sunil, Managing Director, Carnival Cinemas, has released a statement on the new guidelines.
He said, "We are very happy with this news as we have been waiting for this for quite sometime. Business has been affected so badly but I would say this is the right time to open up with Diwali around the corner. 50 per cent capacity is better than what we had thought would be allowed earlier. In fact, we had been proposing a 50 per cent capacity. It is in keeping up with the norm of every other industry. Most of the countries are also following the same norm. As of now, our software is being modified in accordance with that so that the audience have a seamless experience while booking tickets online."