At current, cinema screens are working with 50% seating restrictions.
The order mentioned that the cinema halls and theatres might be permitted to function at greater seating capability, topic to a revised SOP to be issued by the ministry of knowledge & broadcasting.
“We hope that the federal government will carry the cap from 50% to at the very least 75%. We as an trade have made shows to the federal government and evidently inside a few days, MIB will concern the brand new SOPs,” mentioned a prime govt of a big multiplex chain. One other cinema chain govt added that whereas 75%-80% is regular expectation, the federal government ought to permit households to be seated collectively.
“We have to permit households, or people who find themselves coming collectively, to sit down collectively. Presently, due to the 50% cap, we now have to maintain one seat within the center empty,” he added.
The cinema trade has been one of many worst affected sectors on account of Covid-19 pandemic.
Whereas many states allowed screens to reopen by October fifteenth, Kerala opened the screens final month.
Whereas the cinema house owners expect filmmakers to launch massive movies to draw crowds, filmmakers are nonetheless ready for crowds to come back again to cinema screens earlier than releasing massive movies, placing the complete sector in a catch-22 state of affairs.
Nevertheless, the exceptional response to Tamil famous person Vijay-starrer ‘Grasp’ earlier this month has given a a lot wanted breather to the trade and hope for the higher days forward.