Los Angeles guidelines to resume film production

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Hours before the film crews returned on Friday, Los Angeles County announced security protocols to restart film and television production during the coronavirus pandemic.The regulations follow a decision made on Wednesday by the Supervisory Board and the Ministry of Public Health to allow the crews to resume filming on Friday. However, these projects are unlikely to start before July, August, or even early fall.

Strict county rules include health checks for all vendors and employees upon arrival on the shelf and social distancing. Employers must provide all necessary personal protective equipment and infection prevention equipment on the shelf.

Casting and crew actors must wear cloth covers, although the rules state that only essential actors and crews should be allowed on set. The actors must wash their hands before the scenes and all the accessories must be disinfected after being touched. Actors are encouraged to bring their own accessories, such as mobile phones, to avoid sharing.

Prolonged physical contact, including during fights or sex scenes, is discouraged and actors must remain “as quiet as possible to avoid spreading droplets while speaking”.

Scenes with crowds or lots of extras in the background are also not recommended. The rules allow paid staff to serve as members of the public for talk shows or sitcoms, but they must be placed 6 feet apart and only 25% of the space can be filled.

For actors who cannot wear a face cover during the performance, the rules suggest that they must be within 8 feet of each other. Actors must apply their own makeup.

Craft service buffets are not permitted and all catering services must be single-serve items.

These restrictions may prevent certain productions from restarting, as many scenes in established scripts may not be able to be filmed as written.

Another obstacle is insurance. While productions that were already shooting may resume operations under their old insurance policies, new filming projects may struggle to find insurance that covers production interruptions due to Covid-19, said lawyer Carolyn Hunt from the Barnes & Thornburg law firm in Los Angeles.

“Many productions already had policies in place and they are rushing to start,” she said. “Some have only a one-year term. “

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