Relenting to the Kannada movie business’s demand, the Karnataka authorities deferred implementing 50 per cent seating in about 200 cinema theatres in eight districts to April 7 to comprise the Covid pandemic, an official mentioned on Sunday.
“The order restricting 50 per cent of seating capacity in cinema halls in eight districts, including Bengaluru where Covid cases have been rising will be applicable from Wednesday (April 7) up to April 20,” a civic official instructed IANS.
The different seven districts throughout the southern state are Bengaluru Rural, Bidar, Dakshina Kannada, Dharwad, Kalaburagi, Mysuru and Udupi.
To scale back the surging instances, state Chief Secretary P. Ravikumar on April 2 ordered theatres in the eight districts to limit seating to 50 per cent of their capability from Saturday to take care of social distancing and observe Covid acceptable behaviour.
“A revised order was issued on Saturday to apply the restriction from April 7, as hundreds of fans bought online tickets in advance for all shows till Tuesday (April 6) for films released on Friday and imposing the restriction would have disappointed them and caused loss to the film industry,” mentioned the official.
A Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) delegation, led by Sandalwood superstars Shivarajkumar, Puneet, Yash and Sudeep urged state Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Saturday to defer the order by a couple of days, because the theatres had been following the rules to comprise the virus unfold.
“As theatres have been complying with the guidelines in force since October, 2020 when they reopened after 6-month lockdown, no positive cases were reported from the fans who watched films in their halls,” KFCC president Jairaj instructed reporters after the state authorities rescinded its earlier order.
One the brand new Kannada movies launched on Thursday was ‘Yuvarathna,’ starring Puneet, second son of matinee idol and Kannada thespian Rajkumar.
“About Rs 40 crore has been invested in making Yuvarathna, a blockbuster. Its producer and distributors would have suffered heavy loss because the cost of a show is the same for 100 or 50 per cent seating capacity,” asserted Jairaj.
Short of lockdown and night time curfew, the state authorities reimposed stringent restrictions throughout the state until April 20 to comprise the pandemic as instances crossed 10-lakh mark on final Thursday, together with over 4.4-lakh in Bengaluru, which has been the epi-centre of the virus that broke out in the state in mid-March, 2020.
The theatres have made carrying a face masks, thermal screening, sustaining social distancing and sanitising arms necessary to all followers for admission.