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TV and movie studios in California will soon be allowed to roll again.

California Will Soon Begin Filming TV Shows, Movies

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By Emily Reily

"The Los Angeles Times" is reporting that California Gov. Gavin Newsom will soon allow TV shows and movies to resume filming in some parts of the state, as soon as June 12. Studios have been dark for months, ever since the coronavirus has prevented any large groups from gathering.

The newspaper, citing a statement from the California Department of Public Health, adds that any and all productions will have to be OK'd by county public health officers before they can begin.

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According to the California Department of Public Health:

“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.

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 task force of studios and unions submitted a report on Monday with their guidelines and recommendations.

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The white paper addresses systemic issues within the TV and movie industry and including a deficit in sanitation practices.

"The paper calls for dramatic changes to what had previously been routine practices in the film and TV industry, which was booming before the pandemic because of the demand for content by multiple streaming services. The shutdown drew focus to long-standing problems with hygiene and sanitation on film sets, including a lack of handwashing stations."

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"The Los Angeles Times" writes that studios have been dark since about mid-March, when officials began trying to stem the flow of coronavirus cases. The lack of work as a result has also meant massive job losses. Everyone in the entertainment industry has been hard-hit by the spread of the virus. The results have been layoffs, furloughs, permanent closings and pay cuts, if you were lucky.

But just because they're going to start rolling soon does not mean business as usual. There are new production protocols that will be enacted as people return to work, as we all live in the new reality of COVID-19.

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Studios and labor unions had to agree to these new protocols before they could even begin shooting. There will be extra steps everyone has to take, and there will also be sacrifices to make.

For example, there will no longer be those buffet-style meals at the studios, for obvious reasons. And handheld props will all need to be constantly sanitized after every use.

The date when filming can restart in Los Angeles County is still up in the air, since that region has found it especially tough to keep cases of COVID-19 down.

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