Movie Theaters in India to Re-open with these 24 Rules!

PUBLISHED DATE : 06/Oct/2020

Movie Theaters in India to Re-open with these 24 Rules!

As reported earlier, the Indian government has given the go-ahead for re-opening movie theaters in the country, provided the respective State governments feel comfortable with the same. The centre had said that starting October 15, 2020 single screen cinema halls and multiples movie theaters can re-open at 50% capacity and now, the standard operating procedure (SOP) for this COVID-19 era has been unveiled by the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) ministry.


Screen owners across the country need to follow these specified set of rules as a part of ensuring safety during this Coronavirus pandemic. 


  1. Occupancy of the auditorium shall not be more than 50%
  2. Adequate physical distancing while seating
  3. Seats "Not to be occupied" shall be marked as such
  4. Provision for hand wash and hand sanitizers
  5. Installation and use of Arogya Setu App shall be advised to all
  6. Thermal screening to be carried out. Only asymptomatic individuals shall be allowed
  7. Self-monitoring of health and reporting any illness
  8. Staggered show timings shall be followed for different screens
  9. Digital modes of payments to be encouraged
  10. Regular cleaning and disinfection of the box office, and other areas
  11. Sufficient number of counters at the box office shall be opened
  12. Audience encouraged to avoid movement during the intermission
  13. Floor markers shall be used for physical distancing for queue management at box office
  14. Purchase of tickets at box office to be  open throughout the day, advance booking to be allowed to avoid crowding
  15. Spitting shall be strictly prohibited
  16. Respiratory etiquettes to be strictly followed
  17. Only packaged food and beverages shall be allowed; no delivery inside hall
  18. Multiple sale counters for food and beverage
  19. Measures for the safety of sanitization staff such as adequate provisions for gloves, boots, masks, PPE, etc.
  20. Contact number shall be taken to facilitate contact tracing
  21. Sufficient number of counters at the box office shall be opened
  22. COVID-19 related stigmatization or unruly behaviour shall be dealt with strictly
  23. Temperature Setting of all air conditioning should be in the range of 24-30°C
  24. Public service announcements on wearing masks, physical distancing and hand hygiene to be made before and after screening and during intermission 


It is worth mentioning here that exhibition of films is not allowed in containment zones. Also, the I&B Ministry has said that state governments “may consider proposing additional measures as per their field assessment.”

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