After the orders from the Tamil Nadu government, cinema halls to operate with 100% occupancy in Tamil Nadu
The state government has ordered cinema halls to operate with 100% occupancy in Tamil Nadu from January 6. The decision has made Tamil Nadu, the first state in India to allow full capacity in theatres.
In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, cinema halls were running with 50% capacity from November 10. The theatres were following the centre's directives. The move came after the representation from the Theatre Owners Association to the government.
The theatre owner association had represented based on decreasing COVID cases. However, the order has got a mixed response from the people. Netizens also took to social media to express the fear related to the spread of Coronavirus.
The revenue and disaster management department of the state had passed an order on January 4 to increase the seating capacity. The order had also stated the theatres to follow standard operating procedures. It had also directed the owners to take Covid-19 precautionary measures during showtime.
The Tamil film industry is likely to revive after the order as the theatres were observing very few viewers. Tamil films, including 'Master' and 'Easwaran', will be released ahead of Pongal in theatres. Before this, the movies were released on OTT platforms.
Till now, four citizens in the state have been detected with the new mutated strain of Covid-19.