Experience the new normal in theatres amid pandemic

Multiplexes, theatres to reopen from Oct 15 with preventive measures

Experience the new normal in theatres amid pandemic

Deepankar Sharda

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3

PPE kit availability for guests, extended intervals to avoid gathering, QR ticket scanner, no pat down search, social distancing seating and hands-free water dispenser. These are some precautionary measures against Covid-19 to be followed at single-screen theatres and multiplexes reopening from October 15.

Though the multi-screen and single-screen cinemas in the city will adopt various standard operating procedures (SOPs) in view of the Covid outbreak, the above list is likely to be implemented across the halls in order to provide a safe environment to the viewers.

Some cinema halls are also mulling over the seating plan. “The seating plan for normal auditoriums will be a gap of one seat after each booking. In such a case, a family, couples or groups can sit together. In premium auditoriums, no seat will be left vacant as these recliner seats are wider than normal,” said a source from a famous chain of theatres located in the Industrial Area.

The source added, “Extended intermission, staggered exit, anti-microbial film on handles and regular sanitisation are among features that will be mandatory. PPE kits will be also available on a payment basis while for offering food there will be normal pre-packed snacks. Food can also be ordered over phone. There will be contactless payment.”

Movie buffs will have to sign a self-declaration form on Aarogya Setu app.

The Multiplex Association of India (MAI) has issued standard protocols, including staggered show timings, a minimum gap of 15 minutes between two shows, entry to lounge/waiting area half an hour before the show and others.

*Effect on pricing

While different theatres will have different SOPs, one thing is clear that all these facilities will come at a cost. “We are not sure about the pricing right now. We are coming back to business and it’s not usual to have a show with 50 per cent capacity and so much of protocol to follow. The staff needs to be paid; then there will be maintenance cost, covering up of losses and many more things. The ticket price may be raised,” said the manager of a multiplex in the city.

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