Karnataka allows film theatres to operate at 100% capacity | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: The state government has allowed cinema halls in Karnataka to operate with 100% occupancy for four weeks.
Starting from Friday (February 5), the film theatres will be allowed to operate with full capacity, with Covid appropriate measures followed for four weeks.
A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting chaired by health minister K Sudhakar and minister for information and public relations CC Patil. Members from Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce, representatives from the industry including actor Shivarajkumar took part in the meeting along with members of the Technical Advisory Committee.
Though the central government had permitted the cinema halls to operate in full capacity from February 1 onwards, the state governments were suggested to take a call based on the Covid situation. On Tuesday, chief secretary P Ravi Kumar had issued a circular, based on the technical advisory committee’s suggestions that as a matter of abundant precaution and in the larger interest of public health, only 50 % seating will be continued in cinema halls till February 28.
The government decision was opposed by the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce and the film fraternity which requested the state government to allow theaters to operate at 100% capacity.
“There are more than one lakh persons who are depending on the film industry. They have suffered all through the the lockdown. Now, we are allowing the film theatres to run in full capacity for four weeks. A government order detailing the safety measures to be followed will be issued shortly,” said Sudhakar. He added that the situation will be reviewed after four weeks. “If the opening of film theatres in full capacity leads to any concerns further or has an effect on Covid scenario in the state, we will take a call further accordingly,” the minister added.
The film theatre owners, and the moviegoers must follow all safety precautions to be issued by the technical advisory committee said information and public relations minister CC Patil.
Shivarajkumar, addressing the media, said that the concerns of the film industry were explained to the technical advisory committee. “Covid appropriate behaviour such as using masks, sanitisers and AC hygiene must be followed both by film theatre owners and the public. Public must adhere to the safety norms,” he added.

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