California Governor Gavin Newsom revealed the guidelines for film and television production to continue in Hollywood after months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic according to The Hollywood Reporter. Most parts of the United States have not been given the approval to start filming, despite production restarting in countries such as New Zealand and the United Kingdom via Comicbook.com.
The guidelines recently broadcasted faced a delay surrounding the nationwide police brutality and anti-racism protests in response to the killings of unarmed black people. Cases include the death of George Floyd after police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for close to 9 minutes while Floyd was handcuffed. While addressing racial inequality in the state of California, Newsom additionally contended that guidelines for multiple sections in the state would reopen soon, including film and television production.
Alongside the California Department of Public Health, Newsom stated how parts of California can safely report back to work with the guidelines on film and television stating, “TV and film production may resume in California, recommended no sooner than June 12, 2020 and subject to approval by county public health officers within the jurisdictions of operations following their review of local epidemiological data including cases per 100,000 population, rate of test positivity, and local preparedness to support a health care surge, vulnerable populations, contact tracing and testing” according to the Hollywood reporter.
In a 22-page document, are the advised protocols in restarting television production. These protocols include self qurantine, and regular COVID-19 testing for cast and crew according to CNN. These protocols give a sense of what post-coronavirus production could truly look like.
The first television studio to give a proposal towards the future of production includes Tyler Perry’s studios in Atlanta, Georgia. Perry’s television show, Sistas, requires actors to be tested for COVID-19. These tests include nasal swabs before arriving to set, self-isolating for 16 days prior production, and travel on private jets and then be tested again when arrive to work in Atlanta.