Kerala government gives nod to re-open cinema halls with 50% capacity

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The Kerala government on Friday introduced that it’ll enable the re-opening of theatres within the state from January 5 onwards. However, the theatres should observe COVID-19 protocols, together with 50 per cent cap on the occupancy.

The announcement comes as an enormous reduction to the Malayalam movie trade, which has suffered due to the disruption brought on by the pandemic. According to reviews, high executives of the Kerala movie chambers have deliberate to meet Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday to search the government’s help, together with tax exemption and concession on the electrical energy invoice.

The delegation of theatre house owners was not ready to meet the government owing to code of conduct that was in place for the just lately concluded panchayat polls.

Last October, theatres throughout the nation have been allowed to re-open with 50 per cent seating capacity and different security protocols in place. However, the Kerala government remained agency on its stance and didn’t enable the resumption of movie exhibition. About 670 theatres within the state remained shut since final March.

The government’s resolution comes at an important time provided that Vijay’s much-anticipated movie Master is ready to launch on January 13. Vijay enjoys an enormous fan following in Kerala, and the stakeholders hope that it’ll deliver again the cheers to the field workplace, which has been gathering mud for about 10 months now.

The Kerala distribution rights of Master have been bagged by actor Prithviraj and producer Listin Stephen. And it’s going to be a herculean activity for theatre house owners to put together for the re-opening with COVID protocols in place inside the subsequent two weeks.

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