Cinema halls set to be opened from October 15
The government has given its green signal for cinemas to reopen in a new COVID-19 normal defined by rigorous dos and don’ts and theatre owners are getting ready too, but it may be a while before audiences get to see a new movie.
On Tuesday, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar announced the standard operating procedures (SOPs) that cinema halls must put in place before they open on October 15 after seven months of being closed.
The SOPs include one seat distance in theatres, 50 per cent capacity, masks at all time, proper ventilation and air conditioner temperature settings at above 23 degrees Celsius.
Sibashish Sarkar, Reliance Entertainment Group CEO, said reopening of cinemas is a positive sign for the industry but screening new releases will be difficult.