After a strict lockdown in March that left millions on the brink of starvation, the government and people of the world's second-most populous country decided life must go on.
Out of the four PVRs at Connaught Place – PVR Regal, PVR Rivoli, PVR Odeon, and PVR Plaza – only PVR Plaza will resume operations today, and screen movies that released right before the lockdown.
Theatres have been permitted to open from October 15 based on the Central government's Unlock guidelines
Earlier, the state government's district-wise survey resulted in over 50% parents and guardians supporting the opening of schools.
Cinema halls, distributors and content providers said that movie buffs will have to wait for some more days to visit the theatres as the official notifications are yet to be issued by these states.
With theatres reopening from October 16, a bunch of Kannada films — Love Moctkail, Shivaji Surathkal, Shivarjuna, Dia, Gentleman — will see a rerun at the box office
Though the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has given its go-ahead to resuming cinema and theatre activities under Unlock 5.0, it has left for the states to take a final call in this regard.
Though no order has been issued, the state government is likely to consider reopening of schools for students of Class 6 onwards from November 1.
While several restrictions have been eased gradually in different phases of the 'unlock' since June 8, educational institutions continue to remain closed.
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The health ministry released these guidelines on Thursday and stressed that the crowd density does not remain the same throughout or peak on weekends and holidays.
It is also mandated to screen messages on the precautionary measures to be taken by the audience to prevent spread of Covid-19 at the start and during interval of a film.
The School and Mass Education department in a notification asked all district education officers to ensure availability of teachers.
All religious places and places of worship will remain closed for public till October 31, 2020 as per the Unlock 5 guidelines of the Odisha Government.
While some are not willing to take that risk, while others are eagerly waiting to catch the movies on the 70 mm screen.
If schools are not opened, there is a chance of children falling prey to child labour, trafficking, and child marriage, the commission said.