Hollywood's TV and movie production cleared to restart next week

Ben Arnold
Contributor
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Hollywood will re-open on 12 June, after clearance from California governor Gavin Newsom.

The production side of the TV and movie-making industries have been largely shut down since March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But now it will move back into action, with new safety protocols in place to try and curb any further spread of the disease.

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“Music, 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," reads a statement from the California Department of Public Health.

“To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, productions, cast, crew and other industry workers should abide by safety protocols agreed by labor and management, which may be further enhanced by county public health officers.

A man dressed as Batman during filming at the Glasgow Necropolis cemetery for a new movie for the surperhero franchise. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)

“Back office staff and management should 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 transmission.”

The announcement follows recently published recommendations from the British Film Commission last week.

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A 44-page document outlines safety measures to be put in place for film and TV productions in the UK, from filming crowd scenes to hair and make-up.

Adrian Wootton OBE, the chief executive of the British Film Commission, said: “We believe this to be the most comprehensive, extensively-consulted on COVID-19 recovery production guidance in the world.”

It also follows news that Mission: Impossible 7, one of the first major movies to be shutdown in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, is aiming to head back into production in September.