Centre allows Film and TV industry to resume work, SOP issued

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Film shooting set - Representational picture

The Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar has released the Guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the media production houses while allowing them to resume its regular activities of production, post-production and distribution strictly adhering to its new guidelines.

The highlights of the guiding principles include the general principles which have been given by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare including inter alia non-essential activities not allowed in the containment zone in COVID-19, employees with high risk to take extra precautions, as also use of face covers/masks, frequent hand washing, provision of hand sanitizers etc. and respiratory etiquettes specifically with regard to the Media Production. 

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The Ministry has formulated the general SOPs taking into consideration international practices notified in the sector including physical distancing, designated entry and exit for shoot locations, sanitization, the safety of staff, contact minimization and following of travel-related guidelines issued by MHA including quarantine, isolation. Specifically, with regard to face masks, as per international practices, face mask has been made mandatory for cast and crew except for actors in front of the camera. 

Releasing the guidelines Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said “the SOP follows international norms. This will help give a fillip to the industry which has been affected due to coronavirus for close to 6 months now and people will welcome this move by the Ministry.” Javadekar also said that the move is also aimed at boosting the economy as the film and television sector provides employment to a large number of people.

The Minister expressed hope that all the States will accept the SOP and implement it and will add to the conditions if needed. The SOP has been issued in consultation with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Ministry of Home Affairs. The Guiding Principle and SOP may be used by all States and other stakeholders and State Governments while resuming Media Production.

Here are the guiding principles to be followed by Theatres for Screening: