The decision to reopen the theatres was taken at a meeting of the Kerala Film Chamber of Commerce officials, after the state government decided to address the KFCC’s main demands and concerns.
On Monday, the Kerala government announced that it has decided to waive entertainment tax for cinemas from January to March 2021 along with a 50 percent reduction in the fixed charges on electricity during the lockdown period since March last year to help the film industry in the state.
Kerala Film Chamber officials said the government has addressed all their concerns and they were grateful to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan for the special interest he took in the matter.
Giving its nod to reopen cinemas, the government on January 1 had said theatres could reopen with 50 percent occupancy and adhering to strict COVID- 19 guidelines.
Only 50 percent of the seats should be occupied or only half the tickets sold, the government had said, adding that the health department’s Covid protocol should be strictly followed.