Centre asks Tamil Nadu Govt to 'Immediately Revise' Orders Allowing Cinema Halls to Reopen at Full Capacity

By: Tina Agarwal
07 Jan 2021 6:14:39 PM Student Journalist, CMS, Jain Univeristy, Bengaluru

The Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday wrote to the Tamil Nadu administration asking them to bring their guidelines in line with the Centre’s COVID-19 containment SoP after the state increased seating the capacity of theatres, cinema halls and multiplexes from 50% to 100%, a couple of days earlier. 

The MHA’s communication said, “States and UT will not dilute the Centre's guidelines issued under the Disaster Management Act 2005.” 

The Home Secretary further reminded the Tamil Nadu government that the home ministry had previously extended those guidelines till January 31 and states need to strictly adhere and enforce the government guidelines which have been effective since the country went into lockdown last year. 

Tamil Nadu had opened cinema halls with 50% occupancy in November. The decision to allow 100% occupancy at halls was issued recently when a handful of movie stars had allegedly spurred the state government to increase capacity before Pongal. 

The letter further mentioned a Supreme Court order which had asked states to implement COVID-apt behaviour including wearing face masks with proper social distancing protocol in place.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu has recorded over 8.23 lakh COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the lockdown. Out of them, 8.03 lakh have recovered while 12,199 have succumbed to the disease.

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