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Information and Broadcasting ministry issues guidelines for Movie theatre.

Occupancy in cinemas should not be more than 50% of their total seating capacity

The ministry of information and broadcasting on Tuesday issued a set of standard operating procedures (SOPs) for movie theatres which have been permitted to restart operations from 15 October, by the ministry of home affairs.

The general guidelines include adequate physical distancing of at least six feet to be followed outside the auditoriums, common areas and waiting areas, use of face covers or masks to be made mandatory at all times, availability of hand sanitizers, preferably in the touch-free mode, at entry and exit points as well as common areas within the premises, prohibition on spitting and installation of the Aarogya Setu app.

Thermal screening of visitors and staff will be carried out at entry points and only asymptomatic individuals shall be allowed to enter. There shall be designated queue markers for entry and exit of the audience from the auditorium and the premises. There must be sufficient time interval between successive screenings on a single screen as well as on various screens in a multiplex to ensure row-wise staggered entry and exit of the audience. Occupancy in cinemas should not be more than 50% of their total seating capacity and seats that are not to be occupied shall be marked as such during booking.

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