Delhi Unlock 5.0 Guidelines: Cinema halls to Unlock doors today in Delhi | Delhi News

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NEW DELHI: Nearly seven months after they were asked to shut down when the lockdown was announced, cinema halls and theatres in the city are all set to open from Thursday. The owners of various multiplexes had called upon chief minister Arvind Kejriwal a day earlier demanding that they be allowed to operate 24×7.

Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), which had reviewed the Covid-19 situation, decided to allow them to start operations with 50% seat occupancy.
Kejriwal asked the representatives of the cinema hall associations to work together to revive the city’s economy and directed them to strictly follow the guidelines so that opening of multiplexes did not lead to spread of the novel coronavirus. The CM, in an earlier meeting of DDMA, had suggested opening of multiplexes and theatres.
“The past seven months have been very tough for us. The entire country and the world is suffering from the Covid-19 pandemic. Delhi has fought a very tough and strong battle against Covid-19. The most important thing is getting the economy back on track, which is in a bad shape due to the lockdown,” Kejriwal told the representatives.
Remarking that the economy needed to be brought back on track through collective efforts and the lockdown couldn’t last forever, Kejriwal said, “Since Unlock 1, we have started opening Delhi’s economy according to the guidelines and orders issued by the Centre. I hope that cinema halls will follow the guidelines and standard operating procedures (SOP) given by the central and state governments. It is extremely necessary to follow social distancing and sanitisation protocols.”
Currently, Delhi has around 130 multiplexes, while 70 are under construction and likely to be functional by next year. Together, the cinema halls pay Rs 250 crore as taxes annually.
In a statement, the government mentioned that the representatives of the cinema halls assured the CM that they would adhere to all directions. They sought Kejriwal’s intervention in ease of doing business stating that they were facing problems because they were required to obtain the same licence from two authorities.
The SOPs for cinema halls require them to ensure a complete ban on eating and drinking while watching movies. The audience would have to sit on alternate seats and a cross mark would have to be made on those that needed to be left vacant. Tickets would only be sold online. The entry and exit gates, seats and lobbies would have to be sanitised from time to time. The hall should be cleaned after every show and sanitisers must be provided to visitors. Everyone within the premises would have to wear masks.



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