Karnataka cinemas can run full house for 4 weeks | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Bowing to pressure from the Kannada film industry, the state government on Wednesday allowed cinema halls and multiplexes to run with 100% occupancy for four weeks.
The state government will issue detailed guidelines for theatres by Thursday.
“We’ll review the situation after four weeks. If there are no adverse events in connection with the pandemic, the permission will continue. Else, it will be revisited,” said health minister K Sudhakar, who met representatives of the Kannada film industry, led by Kannada Film Chamber of Commerce president DR Jairaj and actor Shivarajkumar.
The Karnataka government on Tuesday issued an order restricting occupancy in cinema halls to 50% of their seating capacity till February 28 despite the Centre allowing 100% occupancy from February 1.
Sudhakar said the decision was taken based on the advice of the Covid-19 technical advisory committee which feared a possible second wave of the pandemic.
Film fraternity opposed Tuesday’s govt move
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The film fraternity opposed the decision, terming it a body blow to the industry which has already suffered a lot due to the pandemic. Many actors, producers and exhibitors took to Twitter on Wednesday to condemn the move.
“When markets are crowded, buses are running with full capacity, why 50 per cent occupancy restriction only for cinema halls?” tweeted actor Dhruv Sarja, whose film Pogaru is due for release on February 19.
Actor Shivarajkumar and his brother Puneeth criticised the government’s decision and demanded the chief minister’s intervention to reconsider it.



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