Cinema halls to reopen from 15 October with 50% capacity with one-seat distance, online booking encouraged, says Prakash Javadekar

Prakash Javadekar said online booking of tickets will be encouraged but box office will be open for single-screen theatres.

After seven months of shut down due to COVID-19, cinema halls will reopen on 15 October with 50 percent capacity and one-seat distance between the viewers, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said on 6 October.

“Cinema halls are shut for the last seven months. They are now opening on 15 October. For the safety of people, we have come out with SOP to be followed,” Javadekar said.

“Cinema halls shall be allowed to open with 50 percent capacity only and people will maintain one-seat distance. Wearing masks at all times will be important,” he added.

Briefing the press at his residence, the Union minister also said that online booking of tickets will be encouraged but the box office will be open for single-screen theatres.

“In single-screen theatres, ticket counters will be opened. However, we encourage online booking for contactless transactions. Proper ventilation has to be ensured and temperature setting of all air conditioning should be above 23 degree Celsius,” he said.

The Ministry of Home Affairs had in its unlock guidelines issued on 30 September allowed reopening of cinema halls from 15 October.

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