Officials of the Kerala Film Chamber of Commerce said on Monday that theaters in Kerala, which had been closed for months due to COVID-19 induced lockdown, would reopen on 13 January.
Tamil film star Vijay Starrer Master will be the first film to be released in theaters in Kerala on that day.
The decision to reopen theaters was taken at a meeting of Kerala Film Chamber of Commerce officials, when the state government decided to address the main demands and concerns of the KFCC.
Earlier in the day, the Kerala government announced that it has decided to waive entertainment tax for theaters from January to March 2021, as well as fixed tariffs on electricity during the lockdown period from March last year to help the film industry. Has been cut by 50 percent. state.
Officials of the Kerala Film Chamber said that the government has addressed all their concerns and they are grateful to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan for his special interest in the matter. Giving its approval to reopen theaters, the government said on 1 January that theaters could reopen with 50 per cent occupancy and were following strict COVID-19 guidelines.
With only 50 per cent of seats to be occupied or only half the tickets sold, the government said that the COVID protocol of the Health Department should be strictly followed.