Thiruvananthapuram: Movie theatres in Kerala will reopen from January 5 but only with 50 per cent capacity, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced.
Theaters in the state are reopening nine months after the lockdown forced cinema halls to shut down.
Theatre operators must ensure that all COVID-19 protocols, including masks, social distancing and sanitisation are followed while functioning. Cinema halls in several parts of the country started reopening from October, months in the shadow of the pandemic.
Theatres and multiplexes had been shut down since March because of the coronavirus crisis.
As per the guidelines under the phased lifting of restrictions under 'Unlock 5', the government had directed several measures.
Fifty per cent occupancy, staggered show timings, social distancing, thermal screening, adequate protection gear for the staff, and compulsorily providing phone numbers for "contact tracing" were some of the changes that were called for.