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Gov. Newsom releases guidelines for resuming film and television production in Hollywood

Film Industry
Posted at 7:44 PM, Jun 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-06 00:51:20-04

Gov. Gavin Newsom issued guidelines Friday outlining steps for California's film and television industry to resume production.

Newsom said filming could begin as soon as June 12, 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 reopening for production may not include L.A. County, however.

Newsom has said modifications to regional guidance would be allowed so long as there are attestations at the county level that there are adequate plans in place should a rise in COVID cases be seen again.

As of Friday, 50 of the state’s 58 counties had made such attestations.

Newsom previously announced in May, during a conversation with leaders in the entertainment industry, that the state plans to roll out guidelines for productions on film, television and commercials would be coming soon.

The delay for guidelines has come after demonstrations have taken place across the nation following the killings of unarmed black people, with some incidents involving police.