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Odisha government allowed cinema halls and theatres to reopen from January 1, 2021

Bhubaneswar:30/12/20: Good news for cine and theatre lovers as the Odisha government today allowed cinema halls and theatres to reopen from January 1, 2021, amid protocol for adhering to the Covid guidelines.

As per the Covid guidelines issued by the government for the month of January, cinema halls, theatres have been allowed to reopen with up to 50% of capacity and operate as per the SOP.

Open-air theatres, Jatra, entertainment parks will be permitted by the local authorities to open subject to compliance of safety protocols such as mandatory mask-wearing and physical distancing.

Social, religious, sports, and cultural functions and gatherings will be allowed with a ceiling of 200 persons.

Marriage related gatherings shall be allowed with a ceiling of 200 persons and funeral/last rites related gatherings with a ceiling of 100 persons

Business to business (B2B) and business to consumers (B2C) exhibitions will be allowed in exhibition halls with participants and visitors up to 50% of the hall capacity subject to a maximum ceiling of 200 persons and compliance of Covid19 safety protocols, the guidelines stated.

International air travel of passengers, except as permitted by MHA will continue to remain closed till January 31, 2021.

However, lockdown will be enforced within containment zones. Only essential activities will be allowed in such zones, the guidelines mentioned.

About Editor in chief

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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