Maharashtra CM brings joy theatres to open from October 22
Honorable Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri Uddhav Thackeray has brought joy to the entertainment industry especially Bollywood.
On Saturday 25 September 2021, Shri Uddhav Thackeray announced the reopening of cinema halls and auditoriums in Maharashtra from October 22, 2021.
The state of Maharashtra is easing its Covid-19 restrictions and soon a day after the announcement of reopening of schools and places of worship across the state, Maharashtra CM Shri Uddhav Thackeray gave the green signal for cinema halls and auditoriums to open for their patrons from October 22.
The state government will issue a standard operating procedure (SOP) regarding this soon for the management of cinema halls and auditoriums as reported.
CM Shri Uddhav Thackeray held a meeting with a delegation of cinema and theatre owners on Saturday, following which, the decision on reopening was taken.
Theatres and auditoriums are expected to operate at 50% of the seating capacity post the reopening and may only allow fully-vaccinated people’s entry, but a final call is yet to be taken on the same, officials said.
The film industry especially Bollywood is elated and the announcement brought joy amongst film producers, distributors and cinema hall owners who welcomed the Maharashtra government's announcement.
Filmmaker Rohit Shetty who was a part of the delegation that met the Maharashtra CM said that his much-awaited movie "Sooryavanshi", starring Akshay Kumar, will finally make its debut in theatres on Diwali.
"Thanks to our Honourable Chief Minister, Shri Uddhav Thackeray, theatres in Maharashtra to reopen from 22nd October. And FINALLY!!! we can say, This DIWALI AA RAHI HAI POLICE(sic),” Shetty wrote on his social media.
CM Shri Uddhav Thackeray, however, clarified that all rules and guidelines related to Covid-19 protocols will have to be followed.
A statement by the CM's office mentioned, "We have made preparations to tackle the third wave after successfully fighting the second wave. We are slowly opening up. There is a decline in the number of cases, we still have to take precautions. Even though places of religious worship will open for devotees, Covid protocols like mask, social distancing and sanitization will have to be followed."