Cinema halls to operate at a higher seating capacity, revised SOPs to be issued soon

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Indian cinema halls had began functioning with 50 per cent seating capability in October after a seven-month lull due to the pandemic. And on Wednesday night, the Union Home Ministry issued a new order concerning Covid-19 protocols and shared that theatres will now be allowed to operate with a higher seating capability.

The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting will soon challenge a revised SOP for cinema halls and theatres. The new tips concerning Covid-19 protocols will be efficient from February 1 onwards.

The information was met with a lot of positivity by movie distributors and theatre house owners. Bihar-based exhibitor Vishek Chauhan known as the choice implausible information for exhibitors as 50 per cent occupancy was a barrier for giant releases.

“We were actively working towards it. It is a great move on the part of the government. This was a big barrier for big films to release. Now, producers can plan big films as only those films can kickstart the industry. This is indeed a fantastic piece of news for the exhibition sector,” Chauhan shared with indianexpress.com.

Senior distributor-exhibitor Raj Bansal, who’s the director of a multiplex in Jaipur, instructed indianexpress.com that the rise in seating capability was a enormous improvement.

“This is huge! If right now we are operating at 50 per cent, one can expect that it will go up to 75 per cent. If that happens, it will be superb. Master and Krack did very well at 50 per cent occupancy so with 75 per cent, one can imagine the business. This will also encourage big producers to release their projects,” mentioned Bansal.

Film exhibitor Akshaye Rathi additionally welcomed the information and talked about in a Twitter put up, “Delighted to see this. Keeping my fingers crossed.”

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