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    Decision on opening cinema halls to be taken in 15 days: Assam CM

    Speaking to the media, the minister said that the decision would be taken after reviewing the COVID-19 situation for the next 15 days.

    Guwahati: Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday said that the decision on reopening of cinema halls in the state will be taken within 15 days.

    Speaking to the media, the minister said that the decision would be taken after reviewing the COVID-19 situation for the next 15 days.

    Movie halls in Assam have been closed since April when the second wave of coronavirus hit the coutry.

    Earlier, All Assam Cinema Hall Employees association expressed their disappointment over the new COVID-19 SOP as the cinema halls were to be kept closed.

    They urged the government to reopen them as there are around 2000 employees working in 80 such halls in the state who are currently in distress due to the lockdown.

    Moreover, chief minister has also said that there will be no increase in the bus fares for the moment in Assam as COVID-19 is still affecting the lives of the people.

    “It is not possible to increase the bus fares during COVID19 times. In the future, we will discuss the matter with the operators but for now, there will be no increase in bus fares,” he stated.

    Sarma further explained, “I will tell the bus owners that people are passing through a bad phase and people won’t like the increase in fares. So, we should try to move ahead in coordination with the times and let’s watch for a few days and later the government will definitely talk with everyone.”

    The Assam government had announced a slew of relaxations in the state following improvement in the COVID situation.

    While night curfew timings across Assam was relaxed to only 8 hours (9pm to 6am), inter-district public transport services have also been allowed to operate.

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