After remaining shut for nearly seven months because of COVOD-19, cinema halls have reopened in several parts of India as part of Unlock 5.0. The Centre had issued specific guidelines for the reopening of theatres.
According to the Government, theaters can resume operations with 50% capacity. Sanitisation of halls after each screening has been made mandatory.
Not just that, seats will have to be left vacant for social distancing and will be marked with fluorescent markers.
Also, crowding in lobbies, common areas, and lifts is not allowed .
The guidelines suggest longer intermissions to allow audiences seated in different rows to move in a staggered manner.
However, the Govt has left the states to take a final call regarding guidelines.
Several states have resumed operations, but there are some states like Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Odisha, who have not allowed cinema halls to reopen until October 31st.