Tamil Nadu theatres to reopen from Nov 10

Tamil Nadu theatres to reopen from Nov 10
The Tamil Nadu government Saturday announced more relaxations for the state, even as some of the lockdown restrictions remain in place.

While extending the lockdown in the state of Tamil Nadu until 30th of November, the government announced some more relaxations. The Tamil Nadu government on Saturday announced re-opening of schools—between 9th and 12th standard — colleges, research institutes and other educational institutions from November 16.

According to the government order, theatres can reopen with 50 per cent occupancy. The state government also increased the limit on crew members at a film or TV set from 100 to 150. The new rules will not apply to containment zones, the order said.

Cinema halls and multiplexes in the state have been shut since March when the lockdown was announced across the country to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Though the central government had permitted the States to open movie halls from October 16, several state governments, including Tamil Nadu, were stricter in their lockdown rules and did not permit cinema theatres to function.

After TN government's announcement, cinephiles in the state excited as theatres are reopening just four days before Deepavali. However, there is no word yet on whether there will be any new releases right away or if theatres will be rescreening some old movies for few days.

COVID-19 safety regulations, which are followed in theatres in the rest of the country, like compulsory masks, frequent sanitization and social distancing, will be followed in Tamil Nadu too.


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