Cinema Halls to open from October 15: Here are the 10 guidelines you need to follow

As cinema halls and multiplexes are all set to reopen from October 15, the ministry has issued some Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) which every cinema-goer needs to follow

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After being shut for almost seven months due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, cinema halls are all set to reopen on October 15 in India. As per the Unlock 5 guidelines from the government, theatres and multiplexes will start functioning with 50% occupancy and keeping the distance of one-seat between people from different families. 

On Tuesday, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) released Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) which are needed to be followed by all cinema halls. 

Here are the SOPs issued by the government of India for reopening of the cinema halls:

1. Theatres to operate with only 50 per cent seating capacity.

2.Use of Arogya Setu app is recommended for all the cinema-goers. 

3. Seats will be marked as 'not be occupied' to maintain social distance.

4. Wearing face masks will be mandatory. Sanitization and disinfection of the box office will be done regularly.

5. Only asymptomatic individuals will be allowed to enter the cinema hall.

6. Thermal screening will be carried out before entering the premises.

7. Multiplexes will now have staggered show timings to prevent the gathering of the crowd outside the halls. 

8.Even though box office counters will remain open throughout the day, the ministry has encouraged online advance bookings as far as possible. 

9. Only packaged food and beverages will be sold. Also, the number of food counters will be increased to prevent long queues.

10. Temperature setting of ACs will be between 24-30 degree Celsius.

Keeping the entertainment factor in mind these guidelines will surely help in effective functioning of the cinema halls amid the current situation. So, do let us know how excited are you all to enjoy a movie on the 70mm with a bucket of popcorn?

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