Rejoice! Cinema halls are re-opening from October 15 with upto 50% of their seating capacity. On Tuesday, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar announced standard operating protocols (SOPs). From installing and using Aarogya Setu App to sanitising the hall after every show, here are the detailed SOPs for visitors and staff. Also Read - Tamil Nadu: Ahead of Festive Season, Shops & Retail Outlets Allowed to Function Till 10 pm

-The physical distancing of at least 6 feet to be followed outside the auditoriums, common areas and waiting areas at all times Also Read - Unlock 5: After Hiatus of 7 Months, Cinemas, Social Gatherings, Schools Permitted From Today

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-There should be the availability of hand sanitizers, preferably in the touch-free mode, at entry and exit points as well as common areas within the premises

-Digital no-contact transactions should be the most preferred mode for issue/verification/payments for tickets, food, and beverages, etc. by using online bookings, use of e-wallets, QR code scanners, etc.

-The contact number shall be taken at the time of booking of tickets to facilitate contact tracing.

-The temperature needs to be maintained between 23-30 degree celsius

-Respiratory etiquettes to be strictly followed. This involves strict practice of covering one’s mouth and nose while coughing/sneezing with a tissue/handkerchief/flexed elbow and disposing off used tissues properly.

-Self-monitoring of health by all and reporting any illness at the earliest to state and district helpline.

-Spitting shall be strictly prohibited.

-Installation & use of Aarogya Setu App shall be advised to all.

-The thermal screening of visitors/staff is to be carried out at entry points. Only asymptomatic individuals shall be allowed to enter the premises.

-The Exit should be done in a staggered row-wise manner to avoid crowding.

-Sufficient time interval between successive screenings on a single screen as well as on various screens in a multiplex shall be provided to ensure row-wise staggered entry and exit of the audience.

-Seating arrangements inside the auditorium of the cinemas /theatres / multiplexes to be made in such a way that adequate physical distancing is maintained.

-Seats that are “Not to be occupied” shall be marked as such during booking (for both online booking and at the box office sale of tickets).

-Only packaged food and beverages shall be allowed.

-Delivery of food and beverage inside the hall/auditorium shall be prohibited.

-The show commencement time, intermission period and finish time of a show at any screen shall not overlap with the commencement time, intermission period or finish time of a show at any other screen in a multiplex.

-Measures for the safety of sanitization staff such as adequate provisions for rational use of gloves, boots, masks, PPE, etc. shall be undertaken.

-Public Service Announcements on wearing masks, observing physical distancing and maintaining hand hygiene as well as specific announcements on the precautions and measures to be followed within and outside the premises shall be made before the screening, during intermission and at the end of the screening.