SOP for COVID 19: Ministry of Information and Broadcasting reveals new guidelines
By Anwesha Padhi
Following a complete shutdown of all the production activities, life in the entertainment industry is pacing its way back to normalcy. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting issued new safety guidelines in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, on Sunday, 23 August 2020. The announcement came through a tweet by Union Minister Prakash Javadekar, who wrote: “contact minimisation is at the core of the SOP” while attaching a list of regulatory points to be followed on production sets and studios to ensure a secure workplace for all cast and crew members.
The hair and makeup artists have to wear proper PPE kits while working. The cast and crew members, except actors on camera, have to wear face masks and exercise social distancing of at least six feet all the time. Also, the use of props has been restricted to a minimum with specific disinfection before use. The ministry has also requested production houses to exempt vulnerable employees (aged above 60 or with previous ailments) from frontline work among other guidelines.
The newly released standard operating procedure (SOP) enlisted regulations to ensure maximum protection against any potential spread of infection during the various media production activities. Use of face masks, hand sanitizers, thermal screening at entry points and regular practice of handwashing have been mandated. The ministry has also advised the use of Central Government's COVID monitoring application Aarogya Setu and frequent sanitization of premises and common facilities.