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Coronavirus effect: Gyms, malls, cinema halls shut in Mumbai, Thane, Pune till 31 March

The Maharashtra government issued the directive as a preventive measure against the coronavirus pandemic that is spreading across the globe.

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The Maharashtra government has issued a directive to shut down cinema halls, malls and swimming pools in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Nagpur and Pimpri-Chinchwad cities from midnight tonight till the end of the month. The decision follows the increasing number of coronavirus infections across India, including 17 in the state.

For now, the shutdown will be in force till 31 March. The order leaves a lot of upcoming Hindi and Marathi films in the lurch. Earlier, the order said the ban would be in place 'until further orders'.

As of Friday, Rohit Shetty's Sooryavanshi and Rohena Gera's Sir were among the films that have already delayed their release indefinitely.

The shutdown may also result in the upcoming Yash Raj Films production, Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar, being rescheduled. Directed by Dibakar Banerjee, the long-delayed Arjun Kapoor-Parineeti Chopra starrer was set to be released on 20 March.

In addition, the closure will affect the collections of this Friday's release, Homi Adajania's Angrezi Medium, and last week's Tiger Shroff starrer Baaghi 3

There are also reports stating that Kabir Khan's 83, featuring Ranveer Singh, might be shifted from its scheduled release date of 10 April. 

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