Good news for the people who are associated with the film and television industry. The Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar, on Sunday, August 23, announced the resumption of films and TV programs shooting. The minister said that the crew will have to follow new Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) during the shoot to avoid the spread of coronavirus infection and maintain a safe environment.
Javadekar said “I am happy to announce that we are releasing standard operating procedures for film and TV program shooting which was stopped due to COVID-19 pandemic for the last 6 months.”
The new SOP emphasizes on implementation of the social distancing norms at the shooting sights. The SOPs include practicing physical distancing at 6 feet as much as possible at the shoot locations. It also talks about practicing other safety measures like proper sanitation, crowd management, and use of protective equipment, etc. The SOP also restricts contact transactions for tickets and recommended the use of the Arogya Setu app.
The minister said that his department consulted the Health and Home Ministries to draft the SOPs.
Prakash Javadekar said that the film and television industry is a significant contributor to the economy and there are millions of people who earn their livelihood from this industry. Therefore, it was necessary to bring this industry back to action mode at earliest.