Cinema halls in Assam are set to open after a long break since March due to the nationwide lockdown in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. Assam government issued standard operating procedure (SOP) for cinema halls on October 18. Among others, the hall owners have been asked to keep sufficient time intervals between the successive screenings on a single screen as well as on various screens in a multiplex to ensure row-wise staggered entry and exit of the audience.
The occupancy of the halls shall not be more than 50 percent of the total seat capacity.
The ‘not to be occupied’ sign must be tapped or marked with fluorescent markers to prevent people from sitting in these seats. These sits should be marked as ‘not to be occupied’ at the time of booking.
Longer intermissions may be used to allow the audience seated in different rows to move in a staggered manner. No food materials should be allowed inside the theatres other than packaged drinking water, according to the new SOP.
Digital no-contact transactions should be the most preferred mode for issue, verification and payment of tickets.
Mandatory periodic testing of COVID-19 of all the staff members of the cinema halls at the cost of the hall owners should be done.
Apart from that, all the general guidelines of the COVID-19 must be carried out by the theatres and the people visiting the cinemas.
As per the Centre’s notification, the cinema halls were allowed to open from October 15. However, most of the cinema halls didn’t open on October 15.