Cinema halls, drama theatres in Maharashtra to reopen from October 22


Mumbai: In a further relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray Saturday stated that cinema halls and drama theatres will be allowed to operate from October 22 provided all Covid-related protocols are followed. SOPs in this regard will be issued soon.

Earlier, the state government on Friday announced that schools and places of worship in the state will reopen in the first week of October. From October 4, 19 months after they shut down, schools will reopen their premises for in-person classes for students of classes 5 to 12 in rural areas, and from classes 8 to 12 in urban areas. The reopening will apply to government and civic schools, private schools and across boards. Residential schools, will, however remain shut. Pre-primary kindergartens and pre-schools will not reopen either.

In other news, to give a boost to the tourism industry, the Aaditya Thackeray-led department is planning monsoon tourism along the state’s coastline, a five-star resort in Konkan’s beach-lined Sindhudurg, beach shacks, heritage tourism and local culinary fare among others. (ANI)