Cinema halls to reopen in Odisha with 50% capacity


Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has allowed opening of cinema halls and theatres with 50 per cent capacity.

The government on Wednesday issued its Unlock-8 guidelines for the month of January.

“Cinema halls, theatres shall be allowed to open with up to 50% of capacity and operate as per SOP issued by the Government of India/ State Government in that regard,” said an official order.

It said Open Air Theatres/ Jatras/ Entertainment Parks shall be permitted by the local authorities (District Magistrate/ Municipal Commissioner or officers authorized by them) to open subject to compliance of safety protocols such as mandatory wearing of face masks, physical distancing, etc.

Besides, swimming pools owned and controlled by Government/ recognized by the Department of Sports & Youth Services, Government of Odisha are permitted to open for the training of sportspersons as per SOP issued by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, GoI.