The AICP just released guidelines for production and post-production companies to follow when producing content in light of the current COVID-19 health crisis. The new guidelines, "COVID-19 Workplace Guidance and Considerations," give general guidance for all companies to follow, as well as specific recommendations by job function.
In releasing the guidelines, the AICP expressed a few key principles:
- Producers will have to "place an unprecedented amount of thought and planning into steadfast attention regarding hygiene and sanitation that maintains safe and healthy working environments";
- Producers will need to take into account the additional time and cost that will be required in order to achieve a safer production environment;
- Producers should plan to "work with the least number of people in close proximity to each other" in order to help ensure a safe environment and and to give participants a sense of confidence about the safety measures being taken;
In its "General Practices for all Worksites" guidance, the AICP gives extensive recommendations about how to maintain a safer production environment. Some of the highlights of th:
- Requiring employee health testing and collecting health history;
- Providing washing stations, hand sanitizer, and PPE;
- Designing locations to allow for social distancing;
- Creating one-way pathways;
- Staggering arrival times to minimize congestion;
- Changing work hours to avoid rush hour;
- Limiting in-person staff to essential personnel;
- Requiring the wearing of masks;
- Procedures for sanitizing production environments; and
- Avoiding use of shared equipment.
The AICP also provided "Production Specific - Departmental Guidance," which gives recommendations for a wide variety of functions, including casting, hair and makeup, handling of equipment, talent, and wardrobe.
For example, the AICP's guidance for working with talent includes recommendations such as:
- Consider a temporary barrier between actors before shooting takes place;
- Consider alternate shots to "allow for maximum separation";
- Consider the number of extras required; and
- Execute paperwork digitally whenever possible.
"It is safe to assume that the way we approach work will be forever changed" -- AICP