Delhi allows cinemas to run at 100% seating capacity

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Cinema halls, which have been operating with a 50% cap on seating, will run at full capacity from Monday. Delhiites will also be able to use swimming pools. This was allowed in an order issued by Delhi Disaster Management Authority on Sunday, which also permits trade exhibitions and opening of stadia for sports events.

While usage of these facilities in full capacity has been allowed due to the drop in Covid-19 cases over the past two months, strict safety norms have also been put in place, apart from the usual Covid-19 appropriate behaviour, like maintaining social distancing, not spitting, sneezing or coughing in the elbow, safe disposal of used masks, etc., according to a TNN report.

Social Distancing Measures

  • At cinema halls, theatres and multiplexes, 100% seating capacity has been allowed, but a sufficient time interval has to be maintained between successive screenings to ensure row-wise staggered entry and exit of the audience.
  • As intermission witnesses crowding in common areas, washrooms and food counters, the audience would be encouraged to avoid movement. There would be longer intermissions to allow staggered movement for the audience. Social distancing would have to be maintained in all common areas. There would be staggered show timings for multiple screens so that the time of commencement, intermission and finish time of shows do not overlap with any other screen in a multiplex.
  • The seating areas would be regularly sanitised, including mandatory sanitisation after each screening. Digital, no-contact transactions would be preferred for issue, verification or payments for tickets, foods and beverages, etc by using online booking, use of e-wallets, QR code scanners, etc.
  • At the entry, hand sanitisers would have to be made available, preferably in a touch-free mode. Installation of Aarogya Setu app would be encouraged and thermal scanning at entry would be carried out. Those found symptomatic would not be allowed entry and staff would also have to inform about any illness at the earliest. Contact numbers would be noted during booking of tickets to facilitate contact tracing later.


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