Cinema halls, multiplexes to re-open today

Cinema halls, theatres and multiplexes in the country will re-open today with only 50 percent seating capacity, even as exhibition of films will not be allowed in containment zones.

As per the Standard Operating Procedures issued by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, adequate physical distancing is to be maintained in the seating area inside the cinema halls, theatres and multiplexes. Staggered show timings will be followed in the multiplexes to avoid crowding due to Covid-19 pandemic.

New rules and restrictions have been set for curbing the transmission of Covid-19 while resuming the operation. Adequate physical distancing of at least six feet, use of face masks and respiratory etiquettes have to be strictly followed by visitors and staffs.

Spitting will be prohibited. Thermal screening is to be carried out at entry points and only asymptomatic individuals will be allowed to enter the premises.

Hand sanitization will be made available at all entry points and work areas. Efforts will be made to avoid overcrowding in the common areas, lobbies and washrooms during the intermission.

Besides, the cinemas, theatres and multiplexes will be sanitized after the screening.

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