Hollywood Union Officials and Studio Execs Release Covid-19 Filming Guidelines

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What are the covid-19 filming guidelines for the resumption of film and TV production?

We finally have some answers, thanks to entertainment industry union officials and studio executives.

Last month, entertainment industry professionals were shocked by California Governor Gavin Newsom’s announcement that film and TV production would resume.

In response, studio executives and members of Hollywood unions – including the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, the Teamsters, SAG-AFTRA, Directors Guild of America, Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and others – have released new covid-19 filming guidelines for how cast and crew members can protect themselves from the coronavirus on set.

“This document is an initial set of principles and guidelines that we all agree form a relevant and realistic first step to protecting cast and crew in the reopening of the entertainment and media industry in its two largest markets,” actors union SAG-AFTRA said in a statement.

On-Set Guidelines for Covid-19

Here are some of the covid-19 filming guidelines included in the new document:

  • Mandatory covid-19 testing of cast and crew members (including temperature screening)
  • Production-supplied PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
  • Live shows only allowed on a case-by-case basis
  • Masks, distancing and covid screening for live audience members
  • No more buffet-style food service
  • A covid-19 compliance officer on set
  • Organizing departments into smaller groups
  • Staggering call times
  • Reducing the total number of people on set

These changes will drastically transform how film and television sets operate, but industry professionals say they’re necessary.

“The road back is finally taking shape, and we remain optimistic,” said Thomas Schlamme, DGA president, and Russell Hollander, DGA national executive director. “We appreciate the need to get back to work and know that the timing is exceedingly important; getting it right is mandatory.”

Thousands of cast and crew members have been out of work since the pandemic shutdown began.

Check out the Worldwide COVID-19 Production Guidelines based on your location.

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