Javadekar announces SOPs for resuming film, TV shooting

After consultation with the home ministry and the health ministry, a standard operating procedure (SOP) has been firmed up, the minister said.

Union information and broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday said film and television production can be resumed with necessary health protocols in place.

After consultations with the home ministry and the health ministry, a standard operating procedure (SOP) has been firmed up, he said. According to the SOP, only the actors facing the camera will be exempt from wearing masks. And crew members will have to adhere to the guidelines of the health ministry.

Production of films and television programmes has been put on hold since March 25, when a nationwide lockdown was imposed in the wake of the coronavirus disease pandemic. After 68 days of stringent curbs, the government initiated the “unlock” process from June.

As per the guidelines announced on Sunday, high-risk employees will have to take extra precautions; they are advised not be exposed to frontline work requiring contact with public. Masks will be mandatory for all, sanitization norms will have to be adhered to, respiratory etiquette will be strictly followed, and the use of Aarogya Setu app will be advised.

Thermal screening at entry points will be mandatory and only asymptomatic persons will be allowed on the premises. Physical distance of six feet at all times as far as feasible should be maintained. Crowd management in parking lots outside premises to ensure physical distancing is also part of the guiding principles. Hindustan Times

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