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Cinema halls to reopen in Mumbai from October 22 at 50% capacity; check SOPs here

Full vaccination is not compulsory for entry in cinema halls, 'safe' status on Aarogya Setu App will suffice.

The Maharashtra government has decided to unlock all cinema halls, single-screens and drama theatres as well as auditoriums in Mumbai from October 22, under the watch of strict SOPs. As per the protocols released on Tuesday, all theatres complexes in the city shall function at a limited 50% capacity only. Meanwhile, cinemas in containment zones will remain shut as per COVID safety guidelines. Check all other norms here:

SOPs for the unlock of cinema halls in Mumbai

The state of Maharashtra has issued a thorough Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) along with additional guidelines to ensure the safe reopening of auditoriums, cinema and drama theatres in Mumbai:

According to the order issued by the state, the Aarogya Setu 'safe status' is mandatory for audience entry. People can also show their full vaccination certificate for the same. Full vaccination is not compulsory for the audience and such people who are restricted to enter city malls, have to produce their movie tickets at the entry point if they are visiting a cinema hall inside the mall premises.

Meanwhile, the 2-dose vaccination is compulsory for working and performing staff. All cleaners, ushers, employees at the food court must have been administered both COVID jabs, at least 14 days prior. Actors and support staff of drama shows also have to abide by this norm. For child artists, the Aarogya Setu 'safe' staus will suffice.

All staffers and performing artists working in a drama company also have to abide by a list of specific SOPs issued by the state. According to these guidelines, only authorised people would be permitted to work backstage and operate the curtains. Guests will be strictly prohibited in both, green rooms and backstage. Besides, the management will have to conduct regular fumigation of the theatre.

No food & beverages allowed in screening halls

Food and beverages will not be allowed inside the screening halls. People can get only packaged food and drinks in the theatre foyer, outside halls. Directives have been issued to sanitise the seating area of all cinemas, theatres, multiplexes and auditoriums after every show.

Deep clean sanitisation of the entire premises, common facilities and places of high contact, such as restrooms handles and railings, must also be ensured. Show timings should be set on a staggered schedule to avoid crowding in-between shows, the order added. Digital payments will be encouraged here to reduce direct physical contact and promote social distancing at the box office and food counters.

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Check out the details of the guidelines issued by the University of Mumbai for its affiliated colleges here

Degree colleges in Mumbai are all set to resume offline classes from October 20. Ahead of the reopening, the University of Mumbai has issued new SOPs to ensure safety for all staffers and students. Amongst various other steps, the college authorities have been asked to take ensure social distancing, follow the mask norm, and maintain hygiene. Read on to check out other details:

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Notably, as per the World Air Quality Report 2020, Lucknow was ranked as the ninth most polluted city in the world. It has been reported that the level of pollution rises significantly during the winters due to the drop in temperature paired with high moisture content apart from other common factors. This deadly combination leads to the trapping of particulate matter in the atmosphere, thereby deteriorating the air quality.

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The latest development has brought in a new respite to the citizens and authorities alike.

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New flights to ease connectivity from Indore to Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi & Hyderabad from October 31

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Jaipur's Mridul Agarwal creates history by scoring the highest-ever percentile in JEE Advanced!

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