Karnataka govt approves 100% occupancy in theatres but on one CONDITION; New strict guidelines to be released

Updated on Feb 05, 2021 05:04 AM IST  |  1.3M
   
Karnataka govt approves 100% occupancy in theatres but on one CONDITION; New strict guidelines to be released
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It what has come as a piece of unexpected news, the state government of Karnataka has announced that the cinema halls in the state will be permitted to function with 100 percent seating capacity. However, the government has also noted that the full audience capacity will be monitored for a trial period of one week, after which a decision will be made regarding the same. This decision has been made considering the hardships faced by the Kannada film industry.

A meeting was organized, which was attended by key office-bearers of the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce and representatives from the industry with the health minister. Though the central government had approved cinema halls to function with full audience capacity, the Karnataka government had earlier made an announcement saying that the theatres will function with 50 percent audience, while restaurants, marriage halls and so on can function without any restrictions.

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Yesterday, Prashanth Neel, producer of KFG, had demanded the government to approve full occupancy in theatres. “It was discussed and as per the instructions of Chief Minister, the decision has been taken to allow 100 percent seatings for four weeks. Strict guidelines will be released tomorrow. Owners of cinema halls should adhere to these guidelines and people should strictly follow them. If any case of COVID-19 is detected, the government will have to inevitably revoke the decision,” Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.

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