Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar released the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for screening films in theatres all across the country which is likely to commence from October 15.
The SOP on preventive measures for Exhibition of Films has been prepared in consultation with the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.
The highlights of the guiding principles include the general principles which have been given by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare including thermal screening of all visitors/ staffs, adequate physical distancing, use of face covers/ masks, frequent hand washing, provision of hand sanitizers etc. and respiratory etiquettes specifically with regard to the exhibition of films.
The Ministry has formulated the general SOPs taking into consideration international practices notified in the sector including physical distancing, entry and exit with designated queue markers, sanitization, the safety of staff, contact minimization. The seating arrangements shall be restricted to 50 per cent of the seating capacity. Multiplex show timings shall be staggered, so as to not have an overlap of show timings. Temperature setting shall be in the range of 24°- 30°c.
Releasing the SOP, the Union Minister said that exhibition of Films is a major economic activity that has contributed immensely to the GDP of our country. Given the current COVID – 19 Pandemic, it is crucial that various stakeholders involved in activities of Exhibition of Films take suitable measures to restrict the transmission of the pandemic, while at the same time resuming, conduction their operations and activities.
Ministry of Home Affairs’ vide order dated September 30, 2020, has inter alia issued guidelines for reopening of Cinemas/ theatres/ multiplex with up to 50% of their seating capacity, in areas outside the Containment Zones only with effect from October 15, 2020.
The detailed release can be found by clicking the link here: https://mib.gov.in/sites/default/files/SOP%20for%20exhibition%20of%20films.pdf