Appreciating the government’s efforts against COVID-19, the association offered alternatives instead of shutting down cinema halls completely. “We would urge the Delhi government to consider introducing the ‘requirement of both doses of vaccine’ to enter theatres, as is the case in some other states,” the statement said. Alternatively, the 50 per cent seating capacity restriction in cinema halls can be reimposed. The Multiplex Association of India said Manish Sisodia assured the delegation that the matter would be taken up with the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) task force and other government officials.
At the same time, the Producers Guild of India urged the Delhi government to allow theaters to continue operating and said that theaters provide a safe space for the audience. The guild, which has a membership of around 150 companies, told the Delhi government that theaters are capable of providing a ‘clean environment’ to the audience as they follow all necessary anti-COVID guidelines.
The Producers Guild of India said in a tweet, ‘We request the Delhi government to allow cinema halls to continue operating. Cinemas are equipped with a better ability to ensure a clean environment while maintaining physical distancing norms as compared to other establishments. The organization also shared the statement that the Multiplex Association of India posted on social media earlier in the day.