After almost six months of a standstill due to lockdown, the Bollywood has been allowed to resume shooting , but with a detailed Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and guiding principles. The Indian film industry is based out of Mumbai , which is among the worst affected cities by the deadly Covid-19 pandemic. At least, the government, on its part , has given a go-ahead for resumption of shootings and production activities.
” 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 the same time resuming/conducting their operations and activities” said a statement of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
It said the I&B Ministry, 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,
The 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, it said.
The Guiding Principle and SOP may be used by all States and other stake holders and State Governments while resuming Media Production.
Releasing the guidelines Union Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar said “the SOP follows international norms. This will help give a fillip to the industry which has been affected due to coronavirus for close to 6 months now and people will welcome this move by the Ministry.” Shri Javadekar also said that the move is also aimed at boosting the economy as the film and television sector provides employment to large number of people.