Centre Issues Revised SOPs For Cinema Halls, Permits 100 Percent Seating Capacity

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Saturday gave a new arrangement of standard working methods (SOP) for film lobbies, allowing them to work at 100% seating limit from February 1. 

Then, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting gave another arrangement of SOPs for film lobbies and theaters to forestall the spread of Covid-19. 

Association Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar declared on Sunday that Cinema lobbies the nation over will be allowed to work at 100% limit from February 1 in adherence to Covid-19 security conventions. 

"There is uplifting news. In February, individuals can watch and appreciate films in performance centers as we are permitting full inhabitance in all film lobbies. Film lobbies would now be able to open at 100% limit. We support as much web based booking (of tickets) as could really be expected," Javadekar said. 

Computerized booking of tickets and staggered show timings will be supported, the clergyman said, delivering a bunch of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). 

As indicated by the reconsidered SOPs, there will be without contact hand sanitizers accessible at all passage and leave focuses and face covers will be required consistently. Authorities will oversee different regions like parking areas and lifts to dodge stuffing. Endeavors are being made for smooth working of the SOPs to confine Covid spread. 

Javadekar additionally said he trusts individuals will "welcome" this move as the public authority is pursuing loosening up a few limitations forced because of the unusual difficulties presented by the Covid pandemic. 

"Clients can likewise purchase food and refreshment from the slows down at the theaters and can convey it with them inside (the amphitheater). These are largely typical things however when the circumstance got strange because of COVID-19, we needed to put these limitations. These limitations are almost there be loose," the clergyman added. 

After the declaration, numerous individuals hailed the choice via online media. Makers Guild of India shared on Twitter, 'We invite the choice of @MIB_India to permit 100% limit in films from February 1 and stretch out our true appreciation to Honorable @PrakashJavdekar ji and everybody associated with encouraging this significant advance in our industry's recuperation.' 

Film lobbies were suddenly closed in March a year ago because of Covid-19. In October 2020, they were permitted to open with 50% seating limit.


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