Mumbai: As a part of Unlock-5, the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on Tuesday released Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for cinema halls and theaters, which are reopening from 15 October.
According to SoPs, only 50 percent of the total seating capacity will be allowed and optional seats will be left vacant for social distance. In addition, face masks will be mandatory inside the cinema hall.
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said, “All COVID-19 guidelines and standard operating protocols (SOPs) issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting should be followed.”
“As per central government orders, theaters, cinemas, and multiplexes will be reopened from October 15. The hall is directed to operate up to 50 per cent of its seating capacity,” he said.
According to the SOP, to spread awareness about COVID-19, it is mandatory to show one minute before a show or an announcement, as well as before and after an interval.
In addition, only packaged food is allowed, and proper ventilation and air conditioner temperatures in the range of 24 to 30 ° C will be maintained.
Thermal screening should be done and only heterogeneous individuals will be allowed. In addition, the installation and use of the Arogya Setu App will be advised to all.
Additionally, regular cleaning and disinfection of the box office and other areas will be done. According to SOPs, viewers will be encouraged to avoid movement during the intermission.
Last week, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had issued new guidelines to re-open more activities in areas outside the containment zones.