The SOP for reopening of cinema halls makes it mandatory to have six-foot distance while watching the films. The SOP( Standard operating procedures) have been issued by the Information and Broadcasting ministry.
Theatres and cinema halls in Delhi have been shut since 12 March. The nationwide lockdown came into effect on 25 March. This means that the cinemas and theatres have been shut much before the nationwide lockdown.
Delhi’s cinema halls have reopened. Here is all you need to know
From Thursday, Cinema Halls and Theatres are allowed to function in Delhi. However, there will be a limited seating capacity. Further, various measures are issued under guidelines of the Central Government aiming at safety firm covid 19. The measures were notified by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority(DDMA).
Besides a six-foot distance, the SOP for reopening cinemas issued by the Information and Broadcasting ministry mandates staggered entry and exits from cinema halls. This includes the staggered entry and exits during intervals as well.
Also, it is mandatory to sanitize the s after each screening. Seats will be marked with fluorescent markers and should be left vacant for social distancing. There should be no crowding in lobbies, lifts and common areas. Also, guidelines suggest a longer intermission so that audiences get to sit in different rows while moving in a staggered manner.
Here is what the multiplex association of India said:
“We are committed to ensuring a safe, secure and hygienic cinema-going experience for the movie-lovers…The permission from the Delhi governments to reopen cinemas will help to ensure that the cinema exhibition sector can quickly recover from the dire economic and financial impact of the epidemic. We look forward to welcoming back moviegoers to a safe and amazing brand-new experience at our cinemas.”