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, 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.
I&B Ministry releases detailed SOP for resuming work in media production industry.
Media Production is a major economic activity that has contributed immensely to the GDP of our country. Given the current COVID 19 Pandemic, it is crucial that various stake holders involved in activities of Media Production take suitable measures to restrict the transmission of the pandemic, while at same time resuming/conducting their operations and activities.
The Ministry of I&B, in consultation with the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, has prepared the Guiding Principles and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on preventive measures for Media Production, released today by Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shri Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi
Information and Broadcasting Ministry has released a detailed Standard Operating Procedure for resuming work in the media production industry.
The SOP ensures adequate distancing at shoot locations and other work places and contains measures including proper sanitization, crowd management and provision for protective equipments.
There must be six feet physical distancing at shoot locations, recording studios and editing rooms. Scenes, sequences, camera locations, crew position, seating, should follow distancing.
There should be minimum cast and crew during shoot and visitors and audience will not be allowed on sets. Coordination with local authorities must be done to manage spectators during outdoor shoots.
Staggered call and pack up timings must be followed for different production units at studios with multiple sets. There must be designated entry and exit points for shoot locations. Regular sanitisation of sets, make up rooms, vanity vans, and washrooms must be ensured.
‘Contact Minimisation’ is at the core of the SOP. This will be ensured by minimal physical contact and sharing of props. Make up artists and hair stylists must use PPEs. Persons handling shared equipment must wear gloves. Lapel mics are to be avoided and never shared.
Higher risk employees should take extra precautions and preferably not be exposed to frontline work requiring contact with public. Using face masks is mandatory at all public and work places.
Frequent handwashing is to be practiced, and there must be provision of hand sanitiser at entry and in work areas. Spitting is strictly prohibited and respiratory etiquette should be followed.
Thermal screening will be done at all entry points and only asymptomatic persons would be allowed on premises. Physical distancing of six feet must be practiced at all times as far as feasible.