Part of Unlock 5.0, Centre releases SOPs for cinema halls and theatres.

The Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry on Tuesday released the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for cinema halls and theatres, which will re-open from October 15.

According to the SOPs, only 50 per cent seating will be allowed of the total capacity with alternate seating. Besides this, face masks will be mandatory inside the cinema halls. It will also be compulsory to show a minute-long film or announcement before a show as well as before and after the interval, to spread awareness among people about COVID-19.

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Moreover, only packed food will be allowed, and proper ventilation and air conditioner temperature in the range of 24 to 30 degrees Celsius will be maintained. Thermal screening should be carried out and only asymptomatic individuals will be allowed. Also, the installation and use of the Arogya Setu App shall be advised to all, it added.

Additionally, regular cleaning and disinfection of the box office and other areas will be done. As per the SOPs, the audience will be encouraged to avoid movement during the intermission.