I&B ministry issues SOPs for theatres


On Tuesday, the ministry of information and broadcasting issued a set of standard operating procedure (SOPs) for movies theatres which have been allowed to resume operations from October 15, by the ministry of home affairs. The general terms & conditions include minimum physical distancing of al least six feet to be followed outside the common areas, auditoriums, waiting areas, use of face covers or masks to be made compulsory all times, availability of hand sanitizers, preferably in the touch free mode, at entry and exit points as well as common areas within the building, installation of Aarogya Setu app, and prohibition on spitting.

At entry points, thermal screening of visitors and staff will be carried out. Apart from this, only symptomless individuals shall be permitted to enter. For entry and exit of the audience from the auditorium and the premises, there shall be assigned queue markers. There must be enough time interval between consecutive screenings on a single screen besides multiplex to ensure row-wise staggered entry and exit of the individuals. In cinemas, occupancy should not be more than 50% of their total seating capacity. During ticket booking, seats that are not to be occupied shall be marked as such.

In parking lots, there should be appropriate crowd management in the parking lots. Apart from this, outside the building, certain number of people in the elevators shall be restricted. Moreover, efforts shall be made to avert overcrowding in the common areas, washrooms and lobbies during the intermission. The show beginning time, intermission period and end time of a show at any screen shall not overlap with the starting time, intermission period or finish time of a show at any other screen in multiplex.  

For issue or payments for tickets, food, and averages, digital no-contact transactions should be the most preferred mode. Inside the theatre, the delivery of food and beverage shall be prohibited.

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