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California Gov. Newsom Announces TV, Movie Filming Can Resume Next Week

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom announcers TV and Film production can restart on June 12th.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom broke the news on Friday and revealed guidelines for film and TV productions to start filming in Hollywood following the Coronavirus COVID-19 related shutdown.

"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 following their review of local epidemiological data including cases per 100,000 population, rate of test positivity, and local preparedness to support a health care surge, vulnerable populations, contact tracing and testing," the California Department of Public Health said in a statement via the Governor's Office on Friday. "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. Back office staff and management should adhere to Office Workspace guidelines published by the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Industrial Relations, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission."

Production stopped in early March, and it is currently unclear when it will actually restart, according to Fox News.

The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers related a 22-page document on Coronavirus and submitted it on Monday for approval to officials in New York, California, and Los Angeles.

However, union officials say the on-set guidelines still need to be addressed. The report calls for regular testing of crew members, six-foot physical distancing, and personal protective equipment. Reports suggest the new protocols could increase production costs by 20%.

In relevant news, the Chicago Film Office announced this week they would start issuing film permits.

City officials announced Chicago’s health metrics are on track for a transition from Phase 2 (Stay at Home) to Phase 3 (Cautiously Reopen) in early June. As a result, some of the city’s services will increase operations.  As a result, the Chicago Film Office will start issuing film permits starting June 15, 2020, for productions with crews with ten or fewer people. “We are working with the Illinois Film Office to develop these guidelines further for when larger film production can resume safely. At this time, some support services from the City of Chicago may be limited.”

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