COVID-19: Multiplexes, cinema halls reopen in Jaipur; number of shows reduced
Jaipur: After a long ‘interval’, the multiplexes and cinema halls were thrown open for viewers in Jaipur on Monday. The city’s famous single-screen cinema hall – Raj Mandir – opened with the screening of Hindi-dubbed Tamil movie – Master. The cinema hall reported 20% attendance on the first day of the show. The attendance at the multiplexes and cinema halls has been capped at 50% of the capacity, according to the guidelines issued by the Rajasthan government.
A Raj Mandir official said that the cinema hall’s seating capacity is 1132, but only 50% of these have been made available for the audience in compliance with COVID-19 guidelines. A total of 115 people booked tickets and watched the first show of Master on Monday. Nearly 60% of these people were tourists, while the remaining were local viewers.
“We are sanitizing seats after each show,” said the official.
Inox screened three movies on the first day at its multiplex at Elements Mall in Ajmer Road area; however, the number of shows was reduced. The multiplex reported 33 bookings against 75 seats that were available for viewers.
The Rajasthan government had allowed schools, colleges, multiplexes, cinema halls, and swimming pools to reopen from February 8 in the latest COVID-19 lockdown relaxations issued a few days ago.
Schools reopened for students of classes 6 to 8. The first- and second-year college students attended classes in all the government and private colleges in the city.