Film and television productions in California will soon be able to send their people back home, just months after the coronavirus epidemic was launched nationwide and internationally.
A new guideline from the California Department of Public Health states that state TV, film and music productions may resume June 12, “subject to the approval of county public health officials within the jurisdiction of operations.”
The long-awaited green light came in an update on Friday that also provides updated guidelines for schools, day camps and professional sports.
“To reduce the risk of Kovid-19 infection, production, crews, crews and other artisans must adhere to safety protocols agreed by labor and management, which may be further enhanced by county public health officials,” the state directive said. “Back office staff and management must 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 infection.”
These guidelines are generic advice for office workspaces but do not contain product-specific information.
CNN reached out to Sag-Aftra, the union that represents about 160,000 actors and actresses, to comment.
This week, the entertainment industry guilds and unions submitted to public health officials in New York and California a 22-page guideline document set out to establish safety protocols for making movies and TV in a cornvirus era.
Steps rely heavily on extensive testing, temperature verification, cleaning arrangements and, if possible, physical distance.