Cinemas likely to Reopen from 1 August

Uncertainty has been hovering upon the reopening of the cinema halls due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now theaters are gearing up to open up by adhering to the latest safety and hygiene protocols.

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Now it is time for the ministry of home affairs to think seriously about reopening cinemas as a part of Unlock 3.0 in August. As a matter of fact, the ministry of information and broadcasting has been repeatedly sending requests to MHA for reopening of movie theatres which have been shut countrywide since the middle of March.

In a recent interview with Mint, CEO, PVR Cinemas, Gautam Dutta revealed that he is extremely hopeful that they will be getting permission to reopen cinema halls soon.  

The director at the Multiplex Association of India, Devang Sampat, admitted that all standard operating procedures and documents are in place for the same and to be included in Unlock 3.0. But this will come with several restrictions in terms of hours of functioning, and a lot more. 

Theatre chains are already gearing up for reopening by investing in hygiene and safety protocols. These include facilities like scan QR codes at numerous touch points throughout the area. This will allow you to book tickets and place an order for beverage and food. 

Cash will be accepted only in exceptional cases. You will not be able to buy physical tickets anymore. Some of the other prerequisites will include physical body checks, sensors at the entrance for temperature checks, sensor operated washroom taps and the list is long.