Maharashtra announces weekend lockdown: Theatres to remain shut from Fri 8 pm to Mon 7 am; shoots allowed every day but at 33 per cent capacity – Times of India

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The film industry is on the back foot again. After cinema halls were directed to work at 50 per cent capacity, and night shows were cancelled due to the night curfew, there is yet another issue that will set them back further. A weekend lockdown that comes into effect from Friday 8 pm to Monday 7 am, obliterates any chance for releases hoping to see some footfalls over the weekend in order to recover their investments.

Additionally, the state government has allowed film and TV units to continue work over the weekend but from now, all shoots will take place with only 33 per cent crew members on the sets. The crew members will have to wear masks and social distancing will have to be followed. The decision comes after Maharashtra Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray had a virtual meet with the film industry members and asked them to avoid shooting big, extravagant scenes, which will need dancers and junior artists.

FWICE president BN Tiwari informs, “Junior artistes and dancers and big fight scenes will not be allowed to shoot and only 33 per cent members are allowed, as it was the last September.”



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