Karnataka becomes the first state in India to make masks mandatory in Public Places.
Covid-19 Recent outburst
Recently the news of an outburst in rising cases of Covid-19 in China is spreading globally which has given an alert to all the other countries once again to take necessary precautions before the situation worsens.
India is in fear as the horrendous news of the spread of Covid-19 cases is in other parts of the world such as the USA, South Korea, and Thailand where there is a spike in the case of Covid-19.
Restrictions of Covid-19 in Karnataka
The government of Karnataka announced that there is no need to panic or create an atmosphere of fear as only preventive measures will be taken to control the spread of the Covid-19 Pandemic.
On Monday 27th December 2022 the government of Karnataka announced that it will be mandatory for people to wear a mask in public places which include Theatres, Educational institutions, Parks, Bars, Restaurants, and Pubs.
The government further stated, “Two doses of vaccination will be compulsory while entering the Pubs, Bars, and Restaurants during New Year’s Eve “and the celebration of the New Year should end by 1:00 am on January 1.
Further, Movie theatres will be given instructions for wearing an N-95 mask which is mandatory on all the screens the minister mentioned “it will be mandatory to wear a mask in all schools and colleges and the staff will be asked to ensure that all the necessary measures are followed”.
The decisions were taken at a meeting held by the state’s Health Minister K Sudhakar, and Revenue minister R Ashoka, who is in charge of disaster management along with technical experts.
Under the leadership of the Deputy commissioner of all districts, the government has constituted committees consisting of the District Health Office (DHO), the CEO of Zilla panchayats, the Superintendent of police (SP), and the district surveillance officer of the health department will issue a circular in this regard.
Further stating Ashoka said “There will be no fine imposed on violating the rule as of now we will discuss this with the chief minister in this matter” lastly he insisted that the public should not take it in the wrong way and try to cooperate with the Government and take safety measures.
Restrictions to affect Box-Office collection of Movies in Karnataka
Recently the movie Avatar- The way of water has been creating history at the box office records, an industry expert said that Sunday saw a rise in massive footfall in cinemas especially for the film Avatar- The way of water.
In the capital city of Karnataka, Bengaluru the movie is running houseful even on a normal weekday. Even though a few states might implement precautions for Covid-19 but it will not cease the public from entering the cinema hall and multiplexes.
As of now, the situation is in control and, the films which are lined up for release on the Pongal festival like Thunivu (11th January 2023) starring Ajith Kumar and Varisu (12th January 2023) starring Joseph Vijay are set to hit the multiplex. The most anticipated film Pathaan is also set to release on 25th January 2023.
The sources from the Trade and Industry are confident as of now that the maximum the state might ask the moviegoers will be to follow the safety precautions measure for Covid-19. Rules such as 50% occupancy in the Cinema Hall can be enforced at the most anticipating the further situation of the Covid-19 Pandemic.
The trade experts further feel that the mandatory use of masks to enter the cinema will not affect footfall in any way, a trade source mentioned “A lot of commotion has been made over the rise of cases in China but there is no fear seen in public which was there in the year 2020 and 2021″. The experts further clarify that the variant-causing cases in China have been in India for a long time.
Hence for now the cinema business is expected to stay uninfluenced even though the Covid-19 precautions are implemented, but if the rule of 50% occupancy is implemented then it will affect the collections at the Box-Office for the upcoming films.