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PVR Cinemas: Masks will be mandatory while watching films | Unlock 5.0

A huge relief for multiplex operators as the under the rules for Unlock 5.0 the Centre has allowed multiplexes to re-open with up to 50% seating capacity outside containment zones from Oct 15. The Ministry of I&B will release standard operating procedure guidelines. ET NOW spoke to Kamal Gianchandani - Director at Multiplex Association of India (MAI) & CEO PVR Pictures who said they welcome this move for re-opening of multiplexes.

He said they are in touch with several State Govts who have been positive re-opening cinemas and while Tamil Nadu & Maharashtra will not re-open cinemas till October 31, by November first week he expects cinemas across the country to re-open. Gianchandani remains confident that using safety precautions, the audience will be comfortable to visit cinema halls.

Masks will be mandatory while watching film and there will be empty seats in-between each person. He mentioned that digital transactions will be encouraged with gaps in show timings and they will move to disposable packaging for F&B with strict social distancing being followed. Big bang films like Sooryavashi, 83, James Bond film slated to release around November.