Maharashtra Theatres to Re-open With 50% Capacity From 5 November

The theatres were shut owing to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Cinema halls in Maharashtra are set to re-open.

The Maharashtra government has allowed cinema halls in the state to re-open from Wednesday (5 November) with 50 per cent seating capacity, as per a report by Pune Mirror. Theatres will only be allowed to open outside containment zones.

No eatables will be allowed inside cinema halls, theatres and multiplexes. The standard operating procedures (SOPs) will be issued by the Cultural Affairs department and local authorities.

Cinema halls have been shut for months owning to the coronavirus pandemic. In most parts of the country, they have been allowed to re-open with certain strict SOPs. Welcoming the government's decision, BookMyShow COO Ashish Saksena said in a statement, "We wholeheartedly welcome the state government’s decision to open up the cinema and entertainment industry, as majority of the key cinema regions including Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Punjab get ready to entertain audiences on the big screen. We expect the revival cycle to accelerate with new and large scale film releases now gearing up to hit the screens across India. There are a bunch of interesting films lined up for a theatrical release across Hindi and regional languages and with the heavyweight cinema market of Maharashtra now opening up, we should see those being announced soon. It will also facilitate ticketing trends. In the first two weeks since cinemas have opened up across states, BookMyShow has witnessed not just individual movie-lovers but also families making a comeback to watch films on the silver screen".

The Maharashtra government has also allowed swimming pools used for training state, national and international-level sportspeople and yoga institutes to re-open from 5 November with social distancing norms in place. All indoor sports like badminton, tennis, squash, etc. will also be allowed with proper sanitation measures and distancing, the report stated.

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