India’s Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar announced the release of standard operating procedures (SOPs) for resuming shooting of films and TV programmes. Film and television programme production can be resume with all the necessary health protocols amid Covid-19 pandemic, Minister’s words.
This comes after consultation with the home ministry and the health ministry. Under this standard operating procedure (SOP), the actors facing the camera will be exempt from wearing masks. But at the same time, all crew members will have to adhere to the guidelines of the health ministry.
What Are The Guidlines As Film Shooting Resumes
Notably, production of films and TV has been put on hold since March 25 with a nationwide lockdown. But after 68 days of lockdown, the government initiated the “unlock” process from June.
Amond industry, there was a huge demand to allow work to resume. Some states, meanwhile, allowed resumption of shooting with some safety protocols.
According to the guidelines, high-risk employees will have to take extra precautions. They also can not expose to frontline work requiring contact with public. Along with masks, sanitisation norms will have to follow strictly. Also, the use of the Aarogya Setu app will be advised.
Sets must have to ensure the thermal screening at entry points, as film shooting resumes. And only asymptomatic persons will have permission on the premises. Physical distance of six feet should be mandatory, as far as feasible.