Karnataka allows 100% occupancy in cinema halls for 4 weeks on trial basis
"It was discussed and as per the instructions of the Chief Minister, the decision has been taken to allow 100% seating for four weeks. Strict guidelines will be released on Thursday." Health and Education Minister K Sudhakar said.
Bengaluru: Considering the hardships faced by Kannada film industry's artistes, producers and workers, the Karnataka government has decided to allow theatres to run to full capacity for four weeks on a trial basis.
The decision has come keeping in mind the financial troubles faced by the artistes and workers within the Kannada film industry, said Health and Education Minister K Sudhakar.
The minister made the announcement after a meeting — held as per instructions of Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa — with key office-bearers of the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce and representatives from the industry.
"It was discussed and as per the instructions of the Chief Minister, the decision has been taken to allow 100% seating for four weeks. Strict guidelines will be released on Thursday." K Sudhakar said.
He added, "Owners of cinema halls should adhere to these guidelines and people should strictly follow. If any case of Covid-19 is detected, the government will have to inevitably revoke the decision."
As per technical advisory committee’s recommendations, the Health department had earlier allowed 50% seating in cinema halls.
Though the Centre had given green signal for 100% seating, the decision was left to the discretion of state governments depending on the situation in each state, he noted.