Unlock 5.0: Cinema halls get ready to open, guidelines to be adhered to

As part of Unlock-5, cinema halls and theatres are set to reopen from October 15

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A Delite Cinema employee wearing PPE kit sanitizes the cinema hall ahead of the reopening in Delhi.

After seven months of shutdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, cinema halls will reopen on October 15, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said last week. Cinema halls and multiplexes have been shut since March following the lockdown, imposed to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Ticket Booking

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A worker cleans the ticket counter of a cinema hall, as part of preparations for its reopening after the government eased lockdown restrictions in Lucknow

The Union minister said that online booking of tickets for contact-less transactions would be encouraged, but the box office will open in single-screen theatres.   . 

Government guidelines

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A cinema staff disinfects the Cinema hall premises after the government permitted the cinema halls to reopen from 15th October, in New Delhi

According to the SoPs, only 50 per cent seating will be allowed of the total capacity and alternate seats will be left vacant for social distancing. Proper ventilation and air conditioner temperature in the range of 24 to 30 degrees Celsius will be maintained.   It is compulsory to show a minute-long film or announcement before a show as well as before and after the interval to spread awareness among people about Covid-19. Additionally, regular cleaning and disinfection of the box office and other areas will be done.

Measures you need to follow

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PVR Cinemas employees wearing face shields and face masks seen at PVR ICON, in New Delhi

Face masks will be mandatory inside the cinema halls. Moreover, only packed food will be allowed. Thermal screening will be carried out and only asymptomatic individuals will be allowed. Also, the installation and use of the Arogya Setu App shall be advised to all. As per the SOPs, the audience will be encouraged to avoid movement during intermission.    

Other activities allowed from October 15

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Last week, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had issued new guidelines to re-open more activities in areas outside the containment zones. Activities permitted from October 15 are: Swimming pools used for training of sportspersons, entertainment parks and similar places, Business to Business exhibitions, an MHA order read.

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