Starting October 1, the Karnataka government has allowed 100 per cent occupancy in cinema theatres across the state. Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, who held a meeting with technical experts on Friday, said districts with a positivity rate below one per cent can have theatres running to full capacity while districts with positivity rates above one percent will remain at 50 per cent capacity.
Only those vaccinated at least once will be allowed entry and they will be asked to furnish vaccination certificates.
The government has also taken a decision to allow pubs to open from October 3. Theatres and pubs will remain shut in places where the positivity rate is above two per cent, Bommai said.
Reeling under huge losses, several members of the film industry have been putting pressure on the government to allow the functioning of cinema theatres with 100 per cent occupancy. The theatres are operating at only 50 per cent capacity at present.
Under new guidelines that will be issued, the government is set to allow 100 per cent attendance in classes VI to XII, instead of the rotational 50 percent in schools. The classes will be permitted to operate five days a week with Saturdays and Sundays reserved for sanitising schools.