Updated: Jun 8, 2020
The film industry will follow a new set of guidelines for shooting during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hollywood is back in business. California governor Gavin Newsom announced Thursday that film and television production can resume in the state under a new set of safety guidelines in light of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.
"Music, TV and film production may resume in California, recommended no sooner than June 12, 2020, and subject to approval by county public health officers within the jurisdictions of operations following their review of local epidemiological data including cases per 100,000 population, rate of test positivity, and local preparedness to support a health care surge, vulnerable populations, contact tracing and testing," the California Department of Public Health said in a statement via the Governor's Office last Friday.
"To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, productions, cast, crew and other industry workers should abide by safety protocols agreed by labor and management, which may be further enhanced by county public health officers. Back office staff and management should adhere to Office Workspace guidelines published by the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Industrial Relations, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission," they added.
Earlier this week, the Directors Guild, AMPTP, IATSE, the Teamsters, and SAG-AFTRA - all members of the Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force - submitted production health guidelines to Newsom, New York governor Andrew Cuomo, and other state governments where production is normally active. The 22-page document outlined recommended precautions for shooting safely amid coronavirus concerns. The complete outline can be viewed HERE.
Even with these new protocols in place, there's no telling what Hollywood's landscape will look like on June 12 and beyond. A major blockbuster film - the forthcoming Mission:Impossible 7 - has already announced that it won't resume filming until September 2020. However, shooting is set to take place in the U.K.
Even with the proper safety guidelines in place, we'll have to wait and see just how eager the industry is to get back on set. What movies are you most excited about to see back in production?