The government of Kerala has announced the reopening of movie theaters following a drop in COVID-19 cases in the state. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan also announced the reopening of the interior auditoriums. The relaxations will take effect from October 25.
Given the ongoing pandemic, the reopening of cinemas and auditoriums will only be allowed with restrictions. Admission was limited to 50 percent of the seating capacity in theaters. Air conditioning is also permitted. “Entrance will be restricted to those who are fully vaccinated, including employees. Theaters and auditoriums will operate with a capacity of 50 percent of the seating capacity,” the ANI news agency said, the minister reported in Chief Pinarayi Vijayan.
The announcement was made after the number of daily COVID-19 cases declined in the southern state. Kerala reported 13,217 new COVID-19 cases and 121 related deaths on Saturday. The new record took the number of cases to 47,07,936 and the death toll to 25,303.
According to the state’s health department, 14,437 people have recovered from the infection in the past 24 hours. State Health Minister Veena George said the state had tested 96,835 samples in the past 24 hours and that there were 745 departments in 368 self-governing local agencies where the weekly infection rate of the population was over 10%.
In the revised COVID guidelines, the government of Kerala also allowed regular courses at colleges / training institutes for fully immunized students from October 18. Only fully vaccinated staff will be allowed.