Information and Broadcasting Ministry releases Guiding Principles, SOP for Media Production
The preventive measures for media production is prepared by the I-B Ministry in consultation with the Health and Family Welfare Ministry.
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday released the Guiding Principles and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on preventive measures for media production as prepared by the I-B Ministry in consultation with the Health and Family Welfare Ministry.
The Guiding Principles include restrictions on non-essential activities in the COVID-19 containment zone, frequent sanitizations of work place and common utilities, thermal screenings at entry points, employees with high risk to take extra precautions, use of face covers and masks, frequent hand washing, provision of hand sanitizers and respiratory etiquettes specifically with regard to the Media Production, temporary isolation of suspect cases and self-monitoring of health by all.
“Given the current COVID – 19 pandemic, it is crucial that various stakeholders involved in activities of media production take suitable measures to restrict the transmission of the pandemic, while at the same time resuming/conducting their operations and activities,” the Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry stated in a release on Sunday.
The ministry stated in the release that it has formulated the general SOPs taking into consideration international practices notified in the sector including physical distancing, designated entry and exit for shoot locations, sanitization, safety of staff, contact minimization and following of travel related guidelines issued by MHA, including quarantine/isolation. Specifically, with regard to face masks, as per international practices, face mask has been made mandatory for cast and crew except for actors in front of the camera.
The Guiding Principle and SOP may be used by all states and other stake holders and state governments while resuming Media Production.
Releasing the guidelines, Javadekar said “the SOP follows international norms. This will help give a fillip to the industry which has been affected due to coronavirus for close to 6 months now and people will welcome this move by the Ministry.”
Javadekar also said that the move is also aimed at boosting the economy as the film and television sector provides employment to large number of people.
The minister expressed hope that all states will accept the SOP and implement it and will add to the conditions if needed. The SOP has been issued in consultation with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Ministry of Home Affairs.
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