Multiplex Association of India requests Maharashtra govt to spare cinemas, malls from lockdown
Mumbai/IBNS: The Multiplex Association of India (MAI) has requested the Maharashtra government not to issue a second anti-Covid-19 lockdown in cinemas, shopping centres and malls.
In a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, MAI president Kamal Gianchandani said, "Given the dire economic and financial impact of the epidemic on our sector, we would sincerely urge that Maharashtra Government to allow the Cinemas/ Shopping Centres/ Malls to continue operating as per regular functioning and let the customers experience a controlled and safe movie-going and shopping experience.
"We also urge you to allow cinemas & malls to operate as per regular operational hours. This will also ensure that footfalls are dispersed and operations run smoothly.
"As always, assigning top-most priority to the health and well-being of the movie-goers and our employees, we have implemented a safety and precaution plan with the most stringent SOP's, to ensure a safe, secure and a hygienic cinema viewing experience for the movie lovers of our State."
Amid the increase in Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra, the state administration has cancelled the lockdown which was about to be imposed in Aurangabad from Mar 31 till Apr 9.