Starting February 1, full occupancy will be allowed in cinema halls whereas following all COVID-related protocols, stated Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar on Sunday.
“Online reserving of tickets will be inspired. Detailed pointers have been launched,” the minister stated.
Terming the choice as “excellent news for cinema lovers”, the minister stated that Union house ministry had given the nod to the choice of opening the cinema halls on January 27.
According to the rules, all cinema halls and theatres will make sure the COVID-19 protocol together with social distancing, face masks, sanitisation, set up of ‘Aarogya Setu App’, thermal screening on the entry-exit level.
These measures ought to be noticed on a regular basis. The exhibition of movies shall be allowed in containment zones. The States or Union Territories might take into account proposing extra measures as per their discipline evaluation, the rules acknowledged.
“No-contact transactions ought to be probably the most most popular mode for tickets, meals, and drinks. Contact quantity shall be taken on the time of reserving of tickets to facilitate contact tracing,” the rules added.
In its final set of pointers issued earlier this month, the federal government had allowed cinema halls to function at a better capability.
In October 2020, the Centre had allowed cinema halls to function at 50 per cent seating capability.
Cinemas and theatres throughout the nation have been shut for a number of months underneath the COVID-19 induced lockdown.