October 6, 2020 12:34:15 pm
The federal government Tuesday issued guidelines for the reopening of cinema halls and multiplexes from October 15. As per the brand new Unlock 5 tips, cinemas and multiplexes have been allowed to reopen with 50 p.c seating capability. On Tuesday, the Ministry of Data and Broadcasting (I&B) earlier as we speak launched Normal Working Procedures (SOPs) which have to be adopted by all cinema halls and multiplexes.
So, what adjustments on the motion pictures?
As per the rules, cinemas, theatres and multiplexes can be allowed to open from October 15, virtually seven months since lockdown was imposed. Auditoriums, nonetheless, can be allowed to function with solely 50 per cent capability.
Beneath the SOPs, sufficient bodily distancing is necessary whereas seating – this in impact means each alternate seat must be saved vacant and clearly marked. Furthermore, cinemas will even have to offer provisions for sanitisers and handwashing amenities. Use of the Aarogya Setu app is inspired and all cinema-goers can be thermally screened earlier than entry. Solely asymptomatic people can be allowed to enter.
Can I nonetheless purchase tickets on the field workplace?
Whereas field workplace counters will proceed to stay open, the ministry has inspired on-line bookings so far as potential. Field workplace counters, the guidlines state, will stay open all through the day and advance reserving can be allowed in order to keep away from crowding. Additional, ground markers can be positioned to information bodily distancing in addition to for queue administration.
What about meals and drinks contained in the cinema corridor?
Cinema-goers have been suggested to keep away from transferring throughout intermission and, as per the rules, no supply of meals and drinks can be allowed contained in the auditorium. Solely packaged meals and drinks can be offered and the variety of meals counters can be elevated in order to forestall lengthy queues.
What else adjustments?
Present timings. Cinema halls will now have staggered present timings in order to forestall a big gathering exterior the auditoriums earlier than a movie begins.
The field workplace and different areas will even have to be frequently sanitised. Contained in the auditoriums, the temperature setting of all air conditioners can be between 24-30 levels Celsius.
Public service bulletins on sporting masks, bodily distancing and hand hygiene can be made earlier than and after the screening in addition to throughout the intermission. You may additionally be required to offer your telephone quantity on the cinema corridor with a purpose to assist involved tracing ought to the necessity come up.
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