From October 22, the Maharashtra government has stated that cinema halls and multiplexes would be allowed to reopen in the state. The industry, exhibitors, and trade were all overjoyed. However, the fraternity members have been becoming antsy in recent days because the government has yet to disclose the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Several theatre owners stated emphatically that they will await the SOPs before deciding whether or not to open.
Finally, the wait is over. The Maharashtra government eventually released the SOPs on October 11th. Patrons are expected to adopt social distance, wear face masks, and use hand sanitizers inside the theatre, according to the SOPs.
Those who have had all of their vaccinations must show their Covid vaccination certificate. Fortunately, even if a person is either partially or not fully vaccinated, he or she can still enter the theatre if their Aarogya Setu app shows a ‘safe’ status.
Only fully vaccinated people are allowed to access some malls. Those who have not completed both dosages, however, can still access the multiplexes located in retail malls if they present their movie ticket.
The staff of movie theatres has been instructed to check the temperature of patrons and admit only those who are asymptomatic. They’ve been told to keep the theatre at 50% capacity and stagger show times so that crowding doesn’t occur at any point.
The SOPs encourage people to pay with their phones. The theatre’s management will be responsible for sanitising the auditorium after each screening and ensuring that it is disinfected on a regular basis. The employees must also be completely immunised and have finished 14 days after receiving the second dosage.
Those expecting to watch the movie in a theatre with popcorn and cold drinks will be disappointed. Food and beverages are not permitted in the screening auditorium, according to the SOPs.
The government’s circular further clarifies that movie theatres can operate as early as October 22.