Local entertainment industry to start production

Published May 5, 2020


DURBAN – Under level 4 lockdown regulations, the television and film industry will be able to resume production however under strict regulations.

Sports, Arts, and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa said sanitising of the production environment needs to occur before the shoot commences, during each shoot day and afterwards on each each day of production.

"There must be dedicated cleaning staff to sanitise and clean bathroom spaces on regular rotation throughout the day. A daily register of all persons granted access to the set with details of their daily temperatures must be compiled," said Mthethwa

According to the Government Gazette, no one is allowed onto set without face masks and make-up crew are urged to wear face shields. Hand sanitisers must be available at various points, props need to be sanitised between scenes and no close contact scenes between actors is allowed.

The Government Gazette also stated that broadcasters may "elect to resume content production based on risk assessment" and only restart production of shows that that can be produced with minimal risk".

These productions include local daily serials. However, broadcasters are urged to ensure the safety and protection of both performers and crew as well as adopt a work from home policy where possible and to implement a gradual return-to-work policy.


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