Updated 15th October 2020 | 10:47 IST
After seven months Cinema halls in several parts of the country will reopen today within the shadow of the pandemic. Theatres and multiplexes, closed since March due to the coronavirus crisis, recently allowed to resume operations as per guidelines issued under Unlock 5.
Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka a number of the states where cinema halls will reopen.
States like Maharashtra, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Chhattisgarh, Theatres, and multiplexes will remain closed here. Cinema halls within the northeastern states won’t open on open today because the states haven’t issued any guidelines.
Fifty percent occupancy, staggered show timings, social distancing, thermal screening, adequate protection gear for the staff, and compulsorily providing phone numbers for “contact tracing” are a number of the changes movie-goers will see.
At the food and beverages section, all food is going to be sterilized under UV rays during a machine for eight minutes before being handed over to the customer. Popcorn containers will completely be covered with paper lids. Despite the additional arrangements, the cinema hall officials claimed that prices of tickets and food will remain equivalent to pre-COVID rates.
A recap of Covid-safety norms and punishment, just in case they’re not observed, would become a neighborhood of the customary pre- and post-show advertisements.
Floor and seat markers for social distancing, thermal scanning, and “respiratory etiquettes” are among the changes patrons will need to bear in mind after they’re allowed entry on being cleared as “asymptomatic”.
However, there are not any new releases in theatres in the week. Several old films are going to be re-released. Sushant Singh Rajput’s last theatrical release Chhichhore, Kedarnath, Tanhaji, Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, Malang, War, and Thappad are among films which will be out on the large screen once more.
The PVR chain of cinema halls across the country will open from tomorrow. PVR Cinemas has about 500 cinema halls across the country within the states where cinema halls are reopening.
As compared to the pre-Covid days, shows at cinema halls are going to be much lesser in number, with screenings in most theatres only between 12 pm to eight pm. to scale back contact, the center’s guidelines promote the use of digital payment systems, increasing the number of counters at the box office for single-screen theatres, and frequent sanitization of the world.