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Multiplex operators meet Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, demand to reopen cinema halls

New Delhi, Dec 30 (PTI) Multiplex operators on Thursday met Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and sought his intervention in reopening cinema halls in the city.

Operators led by PVR Chairman Ajay Bijli informed about the impact on the industry after the government’s decision to shut down cinema halls in Delhi by implementing the ‘Yellow Alert’ of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).

This has led to the cancellation of the release of a big film like ‘Jersey’ due to uncertainty.

On Tuesday, amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, the Delhi government issued a ‘yellow alert’, ordering closure of schools, colleges, cinema halls and gyms with immediate effect and imposed various restrictions on the functioning of shops and public transport. were given.

Bijli said, “We understand the challenges faced by the government in these difficult times. However, instead of shutting down theatres, we would consider asking the Delhi government to impose a condition on ‘requirement of double vaccination’ to enter theatres. As is happening in some other states.

“Alternatively, the 50 per cent seating capacity limit in cinema halls can be reimposed,” he said.

According to the Multiplex Association of India (MAI), Sisodia has assured the delegation that the matter will be taken up with the Delhi Disaster Management Authority task force and other government officials.

MAI represents 11 cinema chains, operating over 500 multiplexes across the country. It has more than 2,000 screens. It represents about 80 percent of India’s multiplex industry.

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