The Tamil Nadu government on Monday allowed theatres in the state to open with 100 per cent capacity. The decision comes a few days after actor Vijay met Chief Minister Edapadi K. Palaniswami to request permission to allow 100 per cent seating capacities. Theatre owners had also requested the CM. Vijay’s Master is set to release in theatres on January 13 to coincide with Pongal.
“The seating capacity of Cinemas/theatres/Multiplexes shall be permitted to increase from existing 0% to 100% by following the Standard Operating Procedure issued already. Further, in order to create awareness among the spectators, the precautionary measures for Covid 19 shall also be screened during the showtime,” the government order issued on Monday stated.
Cinemas, theatres and multiplexes in Tamil Nadu had been allowed to reopen from November 10 with 50 per cent of their seating capacity.
Tamil Nadu is the first state to allow cinema halls to operate at 100 per cent capacity.