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Those hoping production would start back up on their favorite TV shows and upcoming movies received some good news Friday as Hollywood put forth newDepartment of Public Health.

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“Safely getting back to our work of storytelling, and reuniting with our creative community is at the top of all our minds," said Directors Guild president Thomas Schlamme in a statement about "Safe Way Forward." "But in these fast-changing times amid such a complicated virus, figuring out how to get that done right was no easy task. We knew the only way forward was to consult with leading medical experts and let science guide us to the right approach for our unique work environments.

"It was only through that Herculean process, and our close coordination with our sister guilds and unions, that we were able to develop the most effective solutions to keep all of our members safe."

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The new protocols call for comprehensive, mandatory testing for cast and crew; a zone system keeping actors and those they come into contact with separated from other individuals on set; and new departments to oversee that the health guidelines are being followed.

Those involved in production would be tested before starting on their first day of work and subjected to regular testing afterward. Those working in, say, the production office would only be tested once a week, while actors and those around them would be tested at least three times. The report also suggests "on-set rapid testing" for performers up to one to 12 hours prior to "intimate" scenes, fight sequences and scenes with "extreme exertion" such as dancing.

There's also a provision for inclusion, reminding that as more resources go to extra protections, there shouldn't be a backslide in hiring practices of women, people of color and those with disabilities.

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The "Safe Way Forward" report comes on the heels of recent recommendations submitted to government leaders and agencies by The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force, whose members include Walt Disney, Netflix, CBS and other top studios, producers and major Hollywood unions. That 22-page report called for frequent testing, too, as well as and coronavirus compliance officers, face coverings at all times on set or in studios, availability of hand sanitizer and the elimination of buffet-style food service. 

Film, television and commercial production make up a significant amount of the Los Angeles economy. According to nonprofit film office FilmLA, nearly 17% of the workforce is tied to the industry.

Numerous entertainment shows, especially late-night and daytime talk shows, have resumed production by filming participants isolated at their 真人百家家乐官网网站homes, but productions featuring multiple performers have been shut down since March 20. 

At this point, two Tyler Perry TV series, slated to begin filming in July at his Atlanta studio, are the first scripted TV shows scheduled to resume production. "Sistas" will begin July 8 and "The Oval" will follow July 28, with plans for cast and crew to be tested and sequestered at the studio.

Contributing: Bill Keveney and Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY; Associated Press

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