When will cinema halls, theatres open in Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai? Here’s what we know so far
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The Union Home Ministry on Wednesday issued new guidelines for permitting more activities in areas outside the containment zones that include opening up cinemas, theatres, and multiplexes with up to 50 percent of their seating capacity from October 15.

However, Maharashtra government in its fresh guidelines mentioned that cinema halls, entertainment parks, theatres, and auditoriums will remain closed across the state till October 31.

The Maharashtra government on Wednesday issued new guidelines for easing the flow of activities in the state as part of Mission Begin Again and extended the lockdown till October 31. While, it allowed hotels, food courts, restaurants, and bars to operate with effect from October 5, it prohibited cinema halls, theatres, auditoriums, and assembly halls from opening in Maharashtra.

The state government in its new guidelines said that schools, colleges, educational, and coaching institutions will remain closed till October 31. Besides metro rail, cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres (Including that in malls and market complexes), auditoriums, assembly halls, and similar places will remain prohibited.

However, hotels, food courts, restaurants, and bars will be allowed to operate with effect from October 5 with a capacity not exceeding 50 per cent or as may be prescribed by the local authorities.

The Maharashtra government also allowed Dabbawalas in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) region in the local trains after procuring of the QR codes from the office of the Commissioner of Police, Mumbai. All trains originating and ending their journey within the state to be restarted with the immediate effect, read the order.

Maharashtra continues to remain the worst-hit state from coronavirus after 18,317 new cases were reported here on Wednesday. The state also reported 481 deaths and 19,163 discharged patients, according to the Public Health Department.

The total number of coronavirus cases in the state has increased to 13,84,446, including 36,662 deaths and 10,88,322 discharges. The active cases stand at 2,59,033.

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