Tamil Nadu government removes 50 per cent cap on theatre occupancy

In a major boost to the blistering Tamil film industry, the state government on Monday issued a new directive removing the 50 percent cap on occupation in theaters.

The Tamil Nadu government said in its subsequent order, “Now therefore, the government allows the seating capacity of theaters / cinemas / multiplexes to be increased from the current 50 per cent to 100 per cent, following the standard operating procedure already issued.”

This order by Vijay and the theater owners of Chief Minister Edappadi. This comes days after Palaniswami allowed theaters to function at their full potential. According to the COVID-19 security protocol, since last October, the state’s cinemas were allowed to fill only 50 percent of seats to ensure social disturbances.

The protocol has now been changed in view of Vijay’s upcoming film Master, which is scheduled to open in theaters on 13 January. Simbu’s Ishwaran will hit the screens on January 14.

Master has the perfect opportunity to resume the film performance business which has lost crores in the last year. Industry stakeholders are betting on Vijay’s massive popularity to attract crowds to theaters despite the epidemic.

Tamil Nadu is the first state to allow cinema halls to operate at 100 percent capacity. The 50 percent cap, however, still remains in neighboring states. In fact, only last week, the Government of Kerala gave its permission to reopen theaters with 50 percent capacity with COVID-protection protocols in place.

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