Auditions behind plexiglass, staggered crew meals, frequent testing and coronavirus compliance officers are some of the recommended guidelines a Hollywood task force has set for resuming movie and TV production “in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19.”

The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force – whose members include Walt Disney, Netflix, CBS and other top studios, producers and the major Hollywood unions – submitted its recommendations in a 22-page report Monday to California Gov. Gavin Newsom, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as wells other government agencies across the country.

What the agencies will do with the report is unclear. But it gives a glimpse of what film and TV work could look like in the years ahead after the pandemic completely shut down production in March.

Regular, periodic testing: “Employers should advise cast and crew that they will be subject to testing as a condition of employment and of continued employment.”
Use of face coverings at all times when on set or in production studios, with equipment provided by the studio.
Cast and crew should be trained on hand hygiene practices (washing for a minimum of 20 seconds, scrubbing all surfaces) and stations with alcohol-based sanitizer should be “readily available.”

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