After a gap of nine months due to the outburst of Coronavirus pandemic and restriction, Cinema halls, theatres, and multiplexes reopened in Odisha. As per the standard operating procedure (SOP) issued by the State, Government halls are allowed to occupy with 50 per cent seating capacity.
From today cinema halls in Bhubaneswar -Cinepolis at Esplanade One Mall, Keshari Theatre, and Maharaja and in Cuttack – INOX and Sangam Cineplex have programmed to shows.
Amitav Guha Thakurta, Regional Director at INOX (East) stated that the protocols issued by the government including maintaining social distancing, 50 percent seat allocation, sanitization are being stringently followed. Fogging with chemicals approved by the WHO will be done after every screening along with the adequate safety measures which are being taken by the authorities so that audience can have a safe, hygienic, and secure experience.
He further added that out of the four INOX cinemas in Odisha, two of them at Symphony Mall and DN Rengalia Mall in Bhubaneswar will open today while the SGBL Square Mall in Cuttack and Bhawani Mall in the capital city will reopen on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
As per the guidelines, the use of facemask, hand sanitization, and thermal screening are compulsory for all before entry. People with Covid- 19 symptoms will not be permitted inside the halls and the seat between two persons will not be granted for occupancy. No outside food will be allowed and some halls have also added immunity booster food to their menu. Stumbled entry is being guaranteed to evade gathering outside the hall to prevent bypassers from getting the virus.
Regarding the prices, as of now, the ticket will be the same and people can do online booking and payment through the respective online portal. Most of the halls are advised to encourage people to book and pay through digital mode for the safety issue.
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