Multiplex association pens a strong letter to Home Ministry
It seems the Multiplex Association of India is growing impatient with the way the Centre continues to disallow the reopening of cinema halls and multiplexes in the country. In a relatively strong letter to the Union Home Ministry on Thursday, the MAI has said that it's dismayed that cinema halls have been exempted from operating during Unlock 2.0.
"A significant part of the economy is being opened up, including domestic travel, offices, high street, markets, shopping complexes, among others. MAI feels dismayed that cinemas and multiplexes continue to remain in the list of prohibited activities under the guidelines issued by the Central government. It's highly demotivating and disheartening," the letter says.
"Cinemas and multiplexes can become an example of how social distancing guidelines and crowd control can be best exercised in a safe and planned manner," the letter adds, trying to impress upon the government the need for a systematic reopening of theatres.
"The multiplex industry employs two lakh people directly. It is the backbone of the film industry, generating 60% of the revenues of the film business," the letter adds.
It says that France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Austria, UAE, Hong Kong, America, among others, have already opened theatres. "They are implementing the highest degree of safety protocols," it says.