14% chance of going to theaters in the next 60 days despite Omicron risk: Survey
New Delhi: The growing risk of Omicron does not deter 14% of citizens from venturing into a movie theater in the next 60 days, according to an investigation report from LocalCircles on Monday.
The survey, which received nearly 17,000 responses from citizens residing in 314 districts of India, also found that 14% of citizens have visited cinemas or multiplexes to watch a movie in the past 60 days.
This figure is 40% higher than the number of citizens likely to watch a movie in theaters or multiplexes in the next 60 days compared to a similar survey carried out in July this year.
Extrapolation of the data shows a grim picture.
According to LocalCircles, if 14% of citizens plan to go to the theater or multiplex to watch a movie within the next 60 days, and India is assumed to have a population of 138 crore, that translates to around 19 crore of citizens. going to the cinema or the multiplex to watch a movie in the next 60 days.
“Considering the level of awareness and the very high risk, central and state governments and district administrations need to monitor the situation closely and as soon as there is a visible trend of increasing TPR day by day, the Movie theaters must be closed to prevent further spread, ”said Sachin Taparia, founder of LocalCircles.
“Although most movie theaters and multiplexes claim masks are mandatory, once the crowd is seated there is no app. A non-compliance was reported by citizens on LocalCircles across the country, saying that it is only for entry that some cinemas require people to be masked. “
Lately, with the release of “Sooryavanshi”, “Spiderman No Way Home” and “83” last week, people have started going to the movies again.
Upcoming films like “Jersey,” “Deep Water” and “The King’s Man” are slated for release in the next two weeks and are likely to draw large crowds.
However, as this momentum builds, India has recorded nearly 600 Omicron cases in the past four weeks and the number of daily Covid cases in many parts of the country is on the rise again.