The Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday issued new COVID-19 guidelines which will come into effect from 1 February and will remain in force till 28 February. In the new guidelines, the center has also allowed a higher seating capacity in cinema halls.

MHA allows to increase seating capacity in cinema halls from 1 February

Currently, cinema halls across India are being operated at 50% capacity. Cinema halls were allowed to reopen in mid-October last year. While the Home Ministry has allowed an increase in seating capacity, it is unclear how much it will be increased.

“Up to 50% of the seating capacity in cinema halls and theaters has already been permitted. They will now be allowed to operate at higher seating capacity, for which a revised SOP will be issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in consultation with MHA, ”a release issued by MHA.

These new sets of guidelines will provide relief for theater owners and exhibitors and filmmakers who have long been waiting to release their films in theaters. Earlier this month, the Tamil film Respected teacher Became the first major Indian film to hit theaters. Despite a 50% capacity in theaters, the film performed exceptionally at the box office.

In bollywood, likes movies Soryavanshi, ’83, Radhey: Your Most Wanted Brother There are some major films that are awaiting release in theaters this year.

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