Hollywood’s COVID-19 Task Force Sends Safety White Paper to New York, California Governors

Jeremy Fuster

After weeks of deliberations between Hollywood’s guilds and studios, the Industry-Wide Safety Committee has submitted a white paper to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and California Gov. Gavin Newsom offering its recommendations for safety guidelines to resume film and television production. In a memo sent to members of the Directors Guild of America, President Thomas Schlamme and National Executive Director Russell Hollander said that the white paper “addresses areas including set hygiene, disinfection and maintenance, catering, mandatory employment of Covid-19 Compliance Officer(s), symptom screening, physical distancing, paid leave policies and Covid-19 training, among other critically important topics necessary for the safe resumption of production.” Also Read: British Film Commission Issues Safety Guidelines for Restarting COVID-19 Production Some of the recommendations in the White Paper (which can be read here) echo those released by the British Film Commission on Monday, specifically pertaining to cleaning practices that have been implemented by other industries as well as daily symptom checks and regular testing. But the Safety Committee also strongly recommends an “autonomous COVID-19 Compliance Officer” tasked with ensuring that safety precautions are being taken at all times. The paper also notes that guilds and studios are still undergoing further discussions regarding key issues...

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