Cinema halls/multiplexes are re-opening from October 15. As per reports, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry said that Cinemas, theatres and multiplexes are permitted to open with up to 50 per cent of their seating capacity, for which, standard operating procedures (SOPs) will be issued by the ministry, the Government of India said in its latest guidelines.
The multiplex association of India, allegedly said India’s multiplex has suffered a massive loss and is one of the worst hot sectors by COVID-19. They have suffered a monthly loss of Rs. 1,500 crore in the past six months, which results in Rs. 9,000 crore.
It’s good news for cinema owners and employees who suffered job losses & financial crisis. The Government of West Bengal became the first state in the Country to announce reopening of Movie Theatres.
Mr Firdausul Hasan, the President of Film Federation of India, said, " We have all been in favour of the theatre screens to reopen across the Nation and we are very pleased that the West Bengal Government has taken the first step forward in this matter. A lot of lives and livelihoods are associated with this, and even if with 50 people, it’s a start nevertheless. We are hopeful after a brief period the Government will consider further relaxation of the number of people allowed. It is indeed a start and we all have to come together to make this upcoming festive season truly festive for all.”
He further added, “On behalf of the Film Federation of India, I welcome the opportunity to reopen film theatres and other forms of public entertainment. With 50 people we start and yes upon following all protocols I am confident the Government will revisit the cap and even more people will get the opportunity to earn their living by direct or indirect contact with the film exhibition industry”.