NEW DELHI: The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Wednesday permitted cinemas, theatres and multiplexes to open with up to 50% of their capacity from October 15 subject to compliance of standard operating procedure for exhibition of films on preventive measures developed by the ministry of information and broadcasting to contain the spread of coronavirus.
DDMA also permitted all weekly markets to function like the pre-Covid-19 era with strict compliance of the Covid-19 guidelines. Now almost all economic activities are permitted in the capital, although the schools will remain closed until the government is satisfied about students’ safety.
In Tuesday’s DDMA meeting CM Arvind Kejriwal had proposed opening of cinema halls and all weekly markets. “Now all the weekly markets of Delhi can function. Only two markets per day per zone were allowed to function till now. It will bring major relief to the poor. The cinema halls will also open from October 15. They will be required to follow the central government issued guidelines,” CM Arvind Kejriwal tweeted.

The cinema halls were closed since the beginning of the lockdown in March causing huge financial distress to owners. The permission granted them to resume services will create hundreds of jobs as well.
No economic activity is permitted within the city’s Covid-19 containment zones – currently 2,702.
“The situation of Covid-19 in Delhi has been reviewed and it has been decided that cinemas/theatres/multiplexes may be permitted to open as prescribed in ministry of home affairs September 30 order, and all weekly markets may be permitted for functioning in Delhi except in containment zones,” a DDMA order signed by chief secretary Vijay Dev stated.

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