Live venues in Mumbai kickstart operations

Live venues in Mumbai have been trying to battle the new normal as they resume operations across the city in the midst of the pandemic.

Live venues in Mumbai kickstart operations
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Almost eight months after the pandemic brought the entire country to a standstill, on-ground events with regards to music, comedy and theatre have resumed operations in the city.

Even though the state government has imposed various rules with regards to social distancing, artists and venues have been trying to battle the new normal with a specific blueprint that works the best for them.

On Saturday, November 28, Vaibhav Sethia, a stand-up comedian, writer and storyteller, entertained audiences at the That Comedy Club in Bandra-a venue designed for ten times the audiences that were present in the crowd. Moreover, earlier this month, AntiSocial in Todi Mill opened its door to a bunch of indie acts and The F16s which happens to be a band from Chennai.

Meanwhile, the Union government earlier on October 14 permitted multiplexes, cinema halls, and theatres to resume operations with strict standard operating procedures (SOPs). The Ministry of Home Affairs had then left it to states to take a final call on the matter, based on specific situations. Post this announcement, the state government had formulated the SOPs. Maharashtra has 600 cinema halls in the state, with more than 200 in Mumbai alone, the region is a key market for the Indian films industry, particularly the Hindi Film Industry.

With the economy taking a backseat during the coronavirus induced lockdown, it becomes pertinent to see and understand that the entertainment industry is one of the industries that has suffered a major blow. With restaurants and pubs opening up for live shows and concerts again, it will be interesting to see how things pair up amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.