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Ministry of Information and Broadcasting permits films and TV shoots to resume

Permission to resume shoots has been given based on the new guidelines and protocols which have to be followed strictly by the professionals. Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar announced the same

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting permits films and TV shoots to resume
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In a recently announced decision, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar stated that shoots of several films and TV shows can resume henceforth. The respective industry has been shut for several months due to the coronavirus outbreak and the lockdown restrictions.

Permission to resume shoots has been given based on the new guidelines and protocols which have to be followed strictly by the professionals. Sharing the information, Javadekar said, "The new SOP will be like a 'Sanjeevani' for the media production industry. Social distancing and masks will be an integral part of this SOP. The general principle behind the Standard Operating Procedure would help create a safe working environment for both the cast and the crew,"

He further said that the core principle of this SOP is 'contact minimisation' and as per reports, this will ensure adequate distancing at shoot locations and other workplaces and includes measures like proper sanitisation, crowd management, and provision for protective equipment. Moreover, officials have been asked to keep sharing of costumes, props, wigs, makeup, etc., to the minimum and persons handling shared equipment shall wear gloves. Lapel mics shall be avoided and never shared while direct contact with the diaphragm of the mics shall be avoided.

A strict physical distancing of six feet shall be adhered to at shoot locations, recording studios, and editing rooms etc. The SOP also suggests that minimum cast and crew should be present during the shoots, however, entry of visitors or audience is strictly prohibited.

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