Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday announced strict restrictions on the city ahead of the rise in COVID19 cases and the rise of the Omicron variant in the city. In recent weeks, India has seen an increase in the number of cases, with experts predicting the country will not experience a peak in daily cases until February.
On Tuesday, CM Kejriwal announced that spas, gymnasiums, and cinemas that previously operated at 50% capacity will be closed. The announcement came after the nation’s capital experienced a positive test rate of more than 0.5% in the past two days. This announcement was a blow to filmmakers and theater owners, exhibitors, and distributors.
Theaters were barely recovering with movies like Sooryavanshi, SpiderMan: No Way Home, and Pushpa bringing people back to the movies despite the 50 percent capacity rule. Now, with the Delhi government announcing the closure of cinemas, it will have a major impact on the business of the recently released 83 films starring Ranveer Singh and upcoming films such as Jersey starring Shahid Kapoor and the pan-Indian film by Rajamouli RRR. SS RRR would have had to revive the rooms. The film, which will be released on January 7, stars Ram Charan, Jr NTR, Alia Bhatt, and Ajay Devgn.