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India Unlock 5.0: Cinema Halls to Open from October 15!

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  The government of India has announced the new guidelines for Unlock-5.0 last evening, based on the inputs from the states and the union territories. As a much-awaited good news for the beleaguered entertainment industry cinema halls & multiplexes, all auditoriums/theatres, entertainment parks and swimming pools for sports activities are to open from the 15 th of October 2020, outside of containment zones where lockdown is extended till 31 st October. All such entertainment centres will have to operate at 50% of the respective capacity. For cultural, social, religious, sports and other gatherings the Unlock-4 maximum of 100 persons has been extended: in closed spaces the limit will be 50% of capacity or a maximum of 200 persons while in open spaces or grounds there is no ceiling set, but the size of the ground must be considered, and all norms of masking, social distancing and thermal scanning must be adhered to. All these guidelines are to take effect from October 15. SOPs (Sta