Odisha: Cinema Halls To Reopen From January 8 Amid Covid Guidelines


Bhubaneswar: Cinema halls and movie theatres across Odisha are set to reopen from January 8.  The halls will reopen in some places including Cuttack and Bhubaneswar in the State, sources said.

The government has allowed the halls to reopen with 50% occupancy with maintaining staggered show timing and social distancing protocols.

Online ticket booking has been given prioritised to avoid the unnecessary rush at the counters.  The cinema halls will promote digital payment at box office counters.

As per the notification issued by the central government, open-air theatres, entertainment parks, yatras (processions) will be permitted by the local authorities (District Magistrates /Municipal Commissioner) to open subject to compliance with the safety protocols issued by the government for COVID-19.

A notification issued by the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) said, “Open-air theatres/jatras/entertainment parks shall be permitted by the local authorities (district magistrate/municipal commissioner or officers authorised by them) to open subject to compliance of safety protocols such as mandatory wearing of face masks and physical distancing.”

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