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.