The Maharashtra government announced that the cinema halls and multiplexes will be allowed to reopen in the state from October 22. It led to a lot of joy among the industry, exhibitors and trade. However, since the last few days, the fraternity members were getting restless as the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) were not released by the government. Several theatre owners made it clear that they’ll wait for the SOPs and only then decide whether or not to open.
The wait is finally over. On October 11, the government of Maharashtra finally released the SOPs. As expected, the SOPs have demanded that patrons should practice social distancing, wear face masks and use sanitizers inside the theatre.
Those who are fully vaccinated will have to display their Covid vaccination certificate. Fortunately, if one is partially or non-vaccinated, he/she can still enter the theatre, provided they show the ‘safe’ status on their Aarogya Setu app.
Several malls are allowing only fully vaccinated…