New Delhi: Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday announced that 100 per cent occupancy will be allowed in Cinema halls from February 1, but all COVID-19 guidelines will have to be followed.
Javadekar released a standard operating procedure on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19 for cinema halls and theatres.
Announcing the decision, the Minister said now Cinema halls can operate with full capacity. He added that sanitisation and COVID protocols will have to be adhered to but people can buy food from the stalls inside the theatres.
‘Good news for Cinema lovers: Today, Issued the revised SOP for the film exhibition, 100% occupancy will be allowed in theatres from 1st February, but all @MoHFW_INDIA #COVID19 guidelines will have to be followed,’ the Minister said in a tweet.
At the onset, the SOP states that no Exhibition of Film will be allowed in containment zones and that states/UTs may consider proposing additional measures as per their field assessment.
The SOP states that hundred percent seating capacity is allowed inside cinema halls.
The SOP clarifies that all COVID related safety measures must be adhered to inside the premises.