Tamil Nadu government has permitted 100 percent seating capacity in theaters on Monday. Whereas Public Health experts have opposed the move, saying it may lead to more COVID-19 case.
The TN government’s move to allow hundred percent seating comes after actor Vijay requested Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami to grant permission ahead of the release of his movie Master on January 13. Along with him, Silambarasan’s movie Eshwaran is also set to hit the big screen.
However, from the medical standpoint, experts say it is not safe inside closed spaces, that too for long hours. Infectious diseases specialist ram Gopalakrishnan of Apollo Hospitals said it is not an optimal situation to allow 100 percent attendance in theaters and it may lead to more cases.
Even when the 50 percent restrictions were in place, residents say theaters did not follow social distancing norms and allowed friends or a group of people to sit together. Many people were allowed inside theaters and malls without masks as well.
Here’s the full directive issued on Monday removing the 50% cap on occupancy in theaters: