Revoke 100% Movie Theatre Occupancy Decision, Centre Tells Tamil Nadu


Tamil Nadu was the first state to allow 100 per cent occupancy in movie theatres (File)

Hundred per cent occupancy in movie theatres cannot be allowed yet, the Union home ministry told Tamil Nadu today. THE AIADMK government of the state, which lifted the restrictions on movie theatres last week, was told to scrap its order making that allowance.

The Union home ministry has so far allowed 50 per cent occupancy in movie theatres outside containment zones as part of the phased unlock process.  

Giving that reminder to the state, a letter from the Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said the Home Ministry has extended those guidelines till January 31.

“State/UT governments shall not dilute these guidelines… in any manner and shall strictly enforce the same,” the letter read, pointing to the ministry guidelines.

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The letter also cited a Supreme Court order that asked states to enforce Covid-appropriate behaviour, including wearing of masks and maintaining social distancing.

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