CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government on Friday withdrew its controversial order permitting 100 percent seating in theatres and said that only 50 per cent seating would be allowed.
This comes in the wake of the Madras High Court order on Friday reversing the state’s decision made on January 4, which increased the seating from 50 per cent to 100 per cent.
The Union government, which has only permitted 50 per cent seating in theatres, had also directed the state to comply with its guidelines.
According to a statement, the TN government has said that only 50 per cent seating would be permitted until further orders. However, the state has permitted theatres to run additional shows.
The state’s move to permit 100 per cent seating in theatres ahead of the Pongal releases - Vijay’s Master and Silambarasan’s Eswaran - met with criticism among experts.
Notable experts such as Dr Prabdheep Kaur of the National Institute of Epidemiology, virologist Dr Jacob John and infectious diseases specialist at Apollo Hospitals Dr Ram Gopalakrishnan were among those who came out against the move.