Government launches POE for cinemas and theaters on preventive measures against Covid-19 | India News
Movie theaters were closed for nearly seven months last year due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
NEW DELHI: On Sunday, the government issued standard operating procedures (SOPs) for movie theaters and theaters on preventative measures to contain the spread of Covid-19. Earlier this week, the Center had allowed full occupancy in movie theaters and multiplex cinemas as of February 1.
In this regard, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has issued a set of standard operating procedures (SOPs) for movie theaters and theaters to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus in progress.
Under the SOPs, theaters will have separate seating, staggered show times, and bookings, mandatory social distancing, and digital payments are encouraged. No film shows will be allowed in the containment areas.
Here are the guidelines:
* Visitors must follow an adequate physical distance of at least 6 feet outside of auditoriums, common areas, and waiting areas at all times.
* The use of face covers and masks is mandatory at all times.
* Everyone is encouraged to install and use the Aarogya Setu app.
* Staggered show times should be followed for multiple screens to avoid overcrowding.
* The start, intermediate and end times of any screening must not overlap with a second screening.
* Visitors are encouraged to use contactless digital transactions to purchase tickets, food and beverages.
* To facilitate contact tracing, the contact number of all visitors will be taken at the time of booking tickets.
* Cinemas, theaters and multiplex auditorium must be sanitized after each screening.
* Staff members must wear masks or cover their faces. A suitable stock of such face covers will be made available to visitors.
In its latest set of guidelines issued earlier this month, the government had allowed movie theaters to operate at higher capacity. In October 2020, the Center had allowed movie theaters to operate at 50% capacity.
This measure by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting should be a relief for movie theaters that were closed for almost seven months last year due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Even after the opening, they have been struggling with low attendance and very few new movie offerings.
Stakeholders will also be happy with this decision to increase capacity, as several major films, including ’83’ starring Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone, ‘Sooryavanshi’ starring Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn and Singh, and ‘Radhe ‘starring Salman. Khan has been ready for months, awaiting his release.
(With inputs from agencies)