SOP released for resumption of film and TV shootings amid COVID-19 pandemic

Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday released Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for film and TV programme shooting amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prakash Javadekar said the Film and TV industry is an important industry and the SOP has been issued after consultations with the Home Ministry and Health Ministry. He said that shooting and production for TV and films can now begin.

He said many parts of the country have seen complete closure of this segment of industry and few states have allowed partial shooting but today the government is laying SOP as per the international experience.

‘Contact Minimisation’ is at the core of the SOP. Make-up artists and hair stylists must use PPEs. Persons handling shared equipment must wear gloves. Lapel mics are to be avoided and never shared.

There must be six feet physical distancing at shoot locations, recording studios and editing rooms. Scenes, sequences, camera locations, crew position, seating, should follow distancing. There should be a minimum cast and crew during shoot and visitors and audience will not be allowed on sets. Coordination with local authorities must be done to manage spectators during outdoor shoots.

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