Unlock 5.0 Guidelines Could Allow Cinema Halls To Open Across India
Newer relaxations expected in fifth phase of easing country-wide lockdown.
Unlock 4.0 comes to an end on September 30 and guidelines for Unlock 5.0 are all set to be announced by the Central Government. Among the many things that are expected to be eased in this phase, the reopening of cinema halls is also likely to take place country-wide. Despite this, states will still have the authority to control what Central Government guidelines to implement. There have been frequent requests by the Multiplex Association of India to get cinema halls to start screening films for movie buffs.
West Bengal recently announced its own fresh guidelines and became the first state in India to open up cinema halls amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, albeit with a restriction on how many moviegoers will be allowed inside at a time. “To return to normalcy, Jatras, Plays, OATs, Cinemas and all musical, dance, recital as well as magic shows shall be allowed to function with 50 participants or less from 1 Oct, subject to adherence to physical distancing norms, wearing of masks and compliance to precautionary protocols,” said Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
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