The Federation of Film Workers of West India (FWICE) has released new guidelines for filming, pre-production and post-production amid the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in Maharashtra.
A statement released by FWICE said: “FWICE board members had a Zoom meeting with the Honorable Chief Minister, Shri Uddhav Thackeray. The FWICE assured the CM that the industry will be responsible with regards to the SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) of the COVID guidelines. FWICE, in coordination with experts, has set guidelines that everyone involved in pre-production, filming and post-production work will need to adhere to. Please note that none of the guidelines below are to be negotiated. These guidelines will now be applicable until April 30, 2021.
1. Shooting of crowd sequences and songs with large numbers of dancers will not be permitted.
2. Wearing masks and continuous disinfection are essential on sets, in production offices and in post-production studios.
3. An FWICE monitoring team has been set up. They will visit sets and post-production studios to constantly check that all guidelines are being met. In the event of non-compliance with a rule by an individual, he will be liable to the strictest disciplinary measures on the part of FWICE.
4. Any individual or production that creates any obstacle in the way of adhering to the guidelines will be treated strictly.
“The production offices and post-production offices will be functional because the government has allowed us to complete our work so that shows and films can be shown.
The notice further mentions that a full lockdown will be followed from Friday 8 p.m. to Monday 7 a.m. and that filming, directing, pre-production or post-production activities should be avoided during this time.
The notice also asks members to adhere to the guidelines in order to avoid a full lockdown, which will be “quite upsetting and destructive” for members.
It comes at a time when Maharashtra officially records the highest number of Covid cases in India on a regular basis, during the second wave of the pandemic in recent days.
As a result, Mumbai is experiencing another situation similar to daytime lockdown, nighttime curfew, and weekend lockdown.
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