Cinema halls reopens in Assam with 50% seat capacity

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The state has 78 cinema halls, including 20 in the city, providing livelihood opportunities to thousands of people.
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Cinema halls reopens in Assam with 50% seat capacity
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Cinema halls reopens in Assam with 50% seat capacity

Guwahati: After a long wait, the cinema halls in Assam have been allowed to open with 50% seat capacity for the people with double vaccination from October 1.

The announcement was made by state health minister Keshab Mahanta on Friday. He also issued a set of Sops for the state where the curfew timing has been relaxed till 10 pm.

The cinema hall owners and employees as well as the artists’ fraternity have several times urged the government to consider reopening the halls and take initiatives for the welfare of the people associated with the industry.

After a prolonged nationwide lockdown last year, the cinema hall owners got relief in January with the center’s approval to reopen halls with 100% capacity. However, the halls were shut down again in April with the second Covid wave hitting the entire country.

The state has 78 cinema halls, including 20 in the city, providing livelihood opportunities to thousands of people.

Earlier, four movie theatres in Guwahati, one in Nagaon district and one in Bijoynagar in Kamrup (Rural) have been shut down over heavy losses due to the pandemic.

The halls closed were Apsara, Meghdoot, Urvashi, and Vandana in Guwahati; Silver Screen in Bijoynagar and Aditi in Nagaon.

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