A number of cinemas in several Asian countries such as Singapore and India have begun to relax health protocols and increase ticket sales quotas per studio.
According to Variety, cinemas in Singapore are allowed to increase their ticket quota of up to 150 tickets for large theaters with a capacity of 300 seats.
Even so, ticket sales still pay attention to the distance between the audience, provided that each block of seats can only be filled by 50 people, or half of the 100 seats in each block in the large capacity studio.
Meanwhile, cinema studios with smaller capacities are allowed to sell up to 50 percent of their capacity. Previously, cinemas in Singapore were only allowed to sell 50 tickets per studio since they re-opened on July 13 and required the implementation of distance between spectators and hygiene of facilities.
The addition of the audience quota was announced as part of a joint policy of a number of ministers in line with the very low addition of new cases of Covid-19 in Singapore. Singapore has recorded a number of Covid-19 cases reaching 57,742,000, with 27 deaths and 57,466 recoveries.
Meanwhile, the daily number of new cases in Singapore has continued to decline since early August with an average weekly total of under 100 cases and in mid-September below 50 cases per week.
The Covid-19 pandemic that hit Singapore also had a major impact on the film industry. The city-state’s largest cinema chain, Golden Village reported revenue fell from S$4.1 million in the first half of 2019 to just S$1 million between January and June 2020.
Meanwhile in India, although the number of cases has crossed 6.1 million and continues to increase, cinema tickets in a number of regions in the country are still being sold.
The West Bengal state government allowed cinemas to reopen on October 1 after closing at the end of March. Cinemas in the West Bengal area are allowed to sell 50 tickets per screen on condition that the audience is spaced apart and wears masks.
Not only in Singapore and India as Asian countries, the Government of New South Wales (NSW) in Australia also allows cinemas to add tickets sold up to 50 percent of the capacity of each studio and a maximum of 1,000 people.
“For workers across the performing arts spectrum – from box office staff to reception, from technicians and roadies to artists – this change means more work,” NSW Minister of the Arts Don Harwin said.