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Centre allows cinema halls to operate with full capacity from today

Newdelhi:31/1/21:The Centre has allowed cinema halls to operate with their full capacity from today. Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar yesterday released the new Standard Operating Procedures-SOP on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19 for cinema halls and theatres.

Announcing the decision, the Minister said, now Cinema halls can operate with full capacity. He added that sanitisation and COVID protocols will have to be adhered to. The SOP states that no Exhibition of Film shall be allowed in containment zones and Sates and Union Territories may consider proposing additional measures as per their field assessment.

The SOP also clarifies that all COVID related safety measures must be adhered to inside the premises. The General Guidelines specify that respiratory etiquettes must be followed including usage of face masks, adequate social distancing of at least 6 feet to be followed outside the auditoriums, common areas and waiting areas at all times.

It said, spitting will be prohibited and usage of Aarogya Setu app will be encouraged. It said, thermal screening of visitors would be carried out at entry and exit should be done in a staggered row-wise manner to avoid crowding. Sufficient time intervals between successive screenings on a single screen as well as on various screens in a multiplex will be provided to ensure row-wise staggered entry and exit of the audience. It said, staggered show timings will be followed for multiple screens to avoid crowding.

The SOP promotes usage of contactless digital transactions for payments for tickets, food, and beverages. Besides, frequent sanitization of the entire premises, common facilities, and all points which come into human contact will be ensured and auditorium will be sanitized after every screening.

About Ashok Palit

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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