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Maharashtra Cinema Halls, Theatres To Operate At 50% Capacity From Oct 22; Details Here

Cinema halls, theatres and auditoriums in Maharashtra to reopen from October 22 with standard operating procedures (SOPs) and adequate social distancing norms.

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Mumbai: The Maharashtra government has issued standard operating procedures (SOPs) for cinema halls, auditoriums and drama theatres, which are set to reopen from October 22, allowing them to operate at half the capacity.

Social distancing and other COVID-19-related norms must be followed, said the guidelines issued on Monday.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray last month announced that cinema halls and drama theatres in the state can reopen from October 22. The government on Monday came out with three separate GRs (Government Resolutions or orders).

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The SOP for cinema halls stated that the occupancy of cinemas, theatres and multiplexes cannot be more than 50 percent of the total capacity with adequate social distancing, show times of cinema halls will have to be “staggered”, and the sale of only packaged food and beverages will be allowed. Also, Food and beverages cannot be taken inside the screening auditorium.

Cinema halls in containment zones will continue to remain closed.

“Even though permission is granted to start cinemas, cinema owners will be required to abide by the rules laid down by the Departments of Revenue and Forests, Relief and Rehabilitation, and Public Health,” read the SOP.

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Apart from this, cinema-goers will be required to wear masks. Sanitizers should be available inside the halls, toilets and in other places. Spitting should not be allowed anywhere on the premises, and thermal check-ups will be mandatory at entry.

“Spectators must have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or their health status on the Aarogya Setu app must show as safe,” according to the SOP. Air conditioning in cinema halls should be set at temperatures between 24 to 30 degrees Celsius and humidity levels between 40 to 70 percent.

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