Studios and Unions Finally Release Safety Guidelines Allowing for Production to Continue

Hollywood studios and labor unions have revealed their official blueprint of recommended guidelines that are intended to help get movie and TV productions back up and running again. The vast majority of productions have been shut down since mid-March in the interest of public health. Now, a 22-page document lays out clearly how the studios intend to return to work as safely as possible.


The “white paper” was sent to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and California Governor Gavin Newsom, as well as the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The document was put together by The Industry-Wide Labor Management Safety Committee Task Force, which is made up of production companies, unions and guilds to provide governments. The task force was put together by the Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee, which handles safety and training issues related to production. Around 50 members were included in the task force. One of the biggest points of emphasis was the need for regular testing to ensure cast and crew members aren’t coming to work sick.

“Cast and crew must practice physical distancing whenever possible. Physical distancing involves maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet from any other person at all times, except when doing so is incompatible with one’s job duties. Cast and crew should avoid congregating in groups. When practical, separate work locations into zones to facilitate physical distancing.”

One of the biggest takeaways is the recommendation that independent experts, Compliance Officers, will be implemented. They will be tasked with “overseeing and monitoring physical distancing, testing, symptom monitoring, disinfecting protocols, and PPE education, protocols and adherence,” as well as other duties that are determined by the employer. In this case, the studios. The Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) had this to say about it.

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Author: Lawrence Lease

Lawrence Lease is a freelance writer and screenwriter. His work can be seen on Blasting News, Cinema Gold and The Washington Ledger.

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