Assam Health Minister Keshab Mahanta Says Decision Of Re-opening Movie Halls Will Be Taken Next Month
This announcement was made after a group of employees working in cinema halls staged a protest.
Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Keshab Mahanta has announced that the decision on the re-opening of cinema halls in Assam will be taken next month.
The decision to re-open movie halls will be taken in October only after reviewing the COVID-19 situation in the state.
According to the Health Minister, if the government decides to re-open the cinema halls, it will be done so by following strict COVID-19 protocols.
This announcement was made after the employees of several cinema halls staged a protest demanding the re-opening of the movie halls.
One of the employees of Galleria Cinemas said, "We have three cinema halls in Guwahati and today all the staff of these cinema halls have gathered here to get answer from the government that when all the other sectors have been opened starting from public vehicles to public places like shopping malls, restaurants, etc, why cinema halls are not been opened."
Another employee of Anuradha Cineplex asserted, "We want proper reasoning for not opening cinemas because SOP for Durga Puja has been issued, then why not the cinema hall? It's been two years and we want the government to take a decision regarding this issue."
Keshab Mahanta also added with the Durga Puja approaching next month, the government may decide to relax the curfew hours in October. However, this will only be done after reviewing the infection rate in the state.