Andhra permits film shootings with COVID-19 protocols

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Film shootings would be permitted following Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and guidelines issued by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry on August 21.

Film shootings, which came to a halt ever since the Film shootings across imposition of nationwide lockdown in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, are all set to resume in Andhra Pradesh. The state government on Thursday issued an order permitting film shootings in compliance with the Covid-19 guidelines, said an Indian Express report.

AP State Film, Television and Theatre Development Corporation (APSFTVTDC) Managing Director Thumma Vijay Kumar Reddy said film shootings would be permitted following Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and guidelines issued by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry on August 21.

As per the guidelines, technicians should mandatorily wear masks while shooting. Actors, however, are given relaxation with regard to wearing of masks. During the shooting, the equipment and sets should be sanitised frequently. If there is lack of provision for washing hands on the sets, the technicians and artistes should use sanitisers mandatorily, he said.

Wherever possible, the technicians should maintain physical distancing. It is also mandated to screen messages on the precautionary measures to be taken by the audience to prevent spread of Covid-19 at the start and during interval of a film screening in a theatre. The APSFTVTDC will give permission for shootings in government places and premises, he said.

Further details are available on State Film, TV, Theater Development Corporation official website www.apsftvtdc.

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