Global Production Alert

Your resource on COVID-19-related restrictions in cities, states and countries around the world.

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The following information was submitted on March 30, 2020 by the Kenya Film Commission

Contact:

Timothy Owase, Director
timothy@filmingkenya.com

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
The Kenya Government has taken measures to limit the spread of COVID19 virus. Hence no gatherings are permitted till further notice.

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
Yes there are flight restrictions into Kenya
www.health.go.ke/covid-19
https://www.cdc.gov/.../after-travel-precautions.html

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
There are travel restrictions

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
No congregations allowed

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
Temporarily all activities involving gatherings are restricted.

Additional Information:
The Commission is available for any further information and inquiries thereof.

The following information was updated on June 23, 2020 by the Marrakesh Film Commission.

Contact:

Fouad Challa, Film Commissioner

fchalla@m-f-c.org

+212661257326

http://www.m-f-c.org/

Please see the latest guidelines for shooting in Morocco:Morocco progocol

 

 

The following information was submitted May 28, 2020 by the Marrakesh Film Commission.

Contact:

Fouad Challa, Film Commissioner

fchalla@m-f-c.org

+212661257326

http://www.m-f-c.org/

Guidelines for the health and safety protocols for Morocco, will be presented on May 28, 2020.  The guidelines will be posted here as soon as they become available.

Information pertaining to protocols and guidelines for South Africa may be found on the following websites:

CapeTownFilmOffice-COVIDStandardOperatingProcedures

overnment website: https://www.gov.za/Coronavirus
National Institute for Communicable Diseases: http://www.nicd.ac.za/covid-19-update-22/

The following information was provided on July 5, 2020 by the Abu Dhabi Film Commission.

Contact:

Jassim Al Nowais

+97124012109

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?

Yes

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
Yes
Is there any additional information you wish to provide, that may be useful to productions?

Attached are guidelines provided by the government of Abu Dhabi effective June, 2020.

https://www.film.gov.ae/en/filming-in-abu-dhabi/covid-19-guidelines-for-shooting/

The information found at the link below has been provided by AFCI Affiliate member Production Service Network:

https://www.productionservicenetwork.com/covid-19-country-production-status

Attached are guidelines provided by the government of India effective June, 2020.

INDIA-GUILD-S.O.P.

Information about guidelines and protocols may be found on the website for the Government of India:

https://www.mygov.in/covid-19/

The following information was submitted on July 8, 2020 by the Japan Film Commission.

Contact:
Ruriko Senkine, Film Commissioner

sekine@japanfc.org

+ 81-3-6264-2042

https://www.japanfc.org/en/

 

Guidelines for shooting in Japan are attached.  information.

JFCguideline200624 - Japan

JFCchecklist200624 - Japan

Please visit https://www.japanfc.org/en/

for updates and additional

The following information was submitted on March 24, 2020 by the Hiroshima Film Commission.

Contact:
Tomoko Nishizaki, Supervisor
tomoko.n@hiroshima-navi.or.jp/ +81-82-554-1811

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
No

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
Asking self-quarantine for 14 days from 38 countries.
(as of 19 March)
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20200318/p2g/00m/0na/106000c

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
No

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place? 
Self-restraint for big-scale events are requested from the government

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
Not at our jurisdiction (Hiroshima area in Japan)

Do you have any additional information you would like to share with producers?
Inside Hiroshima area, production continues, both the local and national ones from Tokyo (most production companies are in Tokyo in Japan). However, Hiroshima always has a lot of foreign productions. These are re-scheduling as the crew cannot leave their countries to come to Japan right now.
Film-related events are canceled.

The following information was provided on June 23, 2020 by the Jordon Film Commission.

Contact:

Justin Cooper,, North American Liaison Officer

justin.cooper@film.jo

+1 404 803 3006

ordan (RFC) issued guidelines for the audio-visual sector detailing safety and precautionary measures to limit the spread of the Corona virus (COVID-19) for filming in Jordan. These guidelines aim to secure a safe working environment for local and foreign productions filming in the country during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidelines are officially posted on the Ministry of Labor’s website on 15th June 2020.

The RFC has conducted an extensive study on international procedures implemented in the audio-visual sector, during the current global health situation. The results of the study were reflected in a series of protocols and guidelines to regulate the work of local and foreign productions, allowed to shoot in the Kingdom. All necessary preventive measures were approved by the Jordanian Ministries of Health and Labor.

The guidelines detail a set of mandatory requirements, including: conducting tests, maintaining social distance, minimizing the number of people on set, organizing arrivals and entry to set, providing suitable accommodation for film crews, in addition to optimizing hygiene and cleaning requirements as well as practicing precautionary measures such as wearing masks and emergency procedures. It is also required that crew members undertake a health and safety awareness training prior to their shoot. Productions are obligated to assign a health and safety supervisor - accredited by the Ministry of Labor - in order to monitor the implementation of the required procedures.

Mohannad Al-Bakri, the RFC’s Managing Director, commented: “In the past few months, we have exerted great efforts to develop a system of protocols and procedures in order to resume the audio-visual activity in the Kingdom. While we strive to restore filming in Jordan, both locally and internationally, because of its vital economic impact, we are fully committed to adhere to public safety measures.” He added: “Our work goes in line with the success achieved by the Governmental measures, which have reduced the number of infections and contaminated areas within the country. We look forward to resuming productions, including foreign ones.”

In the past last three months, six TV and cinema projects were completed; while four Jordanian productions are currently being shot, in addition to a number of commercials and documentaries. These projects had committed in writing to follow the Government’s safety instructions.

Foreign crews will follow the country’s decisions regarding air travel as well as regulations for entering the Kingdom. The guidelines include recommendation for international productions planning to film in Jordan. Beginning of July, Jordan will welcome again a big Korean production, which had suspended its activities with the global outbreak of the pandemic. The production shall resume its filming while abiding by all required safety measures.

It is worth mentioning that eligible productions filming in Jordan can benefit from a cash rebate ranging between 10% and 25%, in addition to tax and customs duties exemptions. For more information, please write to: filminjordan@film.jo

Please visit the RFC’s website to check the audio-visual sector’s guide of filming protocols during COVID-19 pandemic: http://www.film.jo/Contents/Filming-Procedure.aspx

Jordan guidelines

The following information was submitted on May 20th, 2020 by the Mongolian Film Commission.

Contact:

Eroo Orgil, Director of Communications and Strategy

orgileroo@gmail.com

97694448747

Current situation in Mongolia regarding the pandemic COVID-19 is that all cases of the virus are recorded from travelers abroad and are strictly quarantined under government supervision. There are no cases of the transmission of the virus within the community at all. It is completely safe for film making as the government is also working to create a film-friendly environment in this situation.

For additional information please visit: https://news.mn/en/792491/

and

https://medium.com/@indica/covid-underdogs-mongolia-3b0c162427c2

The following update was submitted on May 19, 2020 by the Moscow Film Commission

Contact:

Svetlana Maximchenko, CEO Moskino, Moscow Film Commission

filmmoscow@mos-kino.ru

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?

Due to the threat of spread of coronavirus infection in Russia, the high-alert regime has been extended until May 31, 2020 on the territory of the Moscow city. Film production is still prohibited. Also there is a ban on holding cultural, sports and other mass events. Since April 15, 2020 it is forbidden to use public transport without a special pass issued by the Moscow government. 

Official documents:

Decree of the Mayor of Moscow dated May 7, 2020 № 55-UM. The filming process in Moscow has been suspended in accordance with paragraph 5 of Annex 4 of the Decree.

https://www.mos.ru/upload/documents/docs/55-YM(7).pdf

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?Russian borders are currently closed from March 30, 2020.

The external borders are closed and it is relevant for all international flights, road transport (railway, automobile), shipping. It is allowed to enter the country only for people with diplomatic passports. There is a compulsory 14 days quarantine for those who come back to the country. 

Official document:

http://static.government.ru/media/files/uPySAqzA9AV39jD1h71za3OR9esIxlDj.pdf

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction? 

It is forbidden to go outside without special needs (taking out garbage, buying food, medical supplies).

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?

It is allowed to go no further than 100 meters from home. Also, there are restrictions concerning the minimal distance that should be kept between individuals when outside - 1.5 meters.

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming (if production is shut down, you need not answer this question).

The audiovisual production in the country is currently suspended.

In Russia, recommendations for the resumption of filming have been developed. Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing, together with the Association of Film and Television Producers have prepared a list of measures where the "principle of the group cell" becomes the main principle of work. Thus, contacts between workshops and departments that are not connected by common tasks and production processes are limited. Also among the measures - limitation of extras, daily temperature control and increased attention to the disinfection of the set.

A full list of recommendations is available on the website of the Moscow Film Commission http://filmmoscow.ru/

The decision of the possible time to resume filming in Moscow will be made later.

The information immediately below was provided on April 16, 2020 by Moscow Film Commission.

Contact:

Svetlana Maximchenko, CEO, Moskino, Moscow Film Commission

filmmoscow@mos-kino.ru

7 495-951-94 20

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
Film production is not prohibited but as there is a ban on holding cultural, sports and other mass events in Moscow until May 1, 2020. Since April 15, 2020 it is forbidden to use public transport without a special pass issued by the Moscow government.
Official documents:
Decree of the President of the Russian Federation of 02.04.2020 N 239 "On measures to ensure the sanitary and epidemiological well-being of the population on the territory of the Russian Federation in connection with the spread of a new coronavirus infection (COVID-19)"
http://www.consultant.ru/document/cons_doc_LAW_349217/
Decree of the Mayor of Moscow dated April 10, 2020 No. 42-YM https://www.mos.ru/upload/documents/docs/42-YM(4).pdf

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
Russian borders are currently closed from March 30, 2020.
The external borders are closed and it is relevant for all international flights, road transport (railway, automobile), shipping. It is allowed to enter the country only for people with diplomatic passports. There is a compulsory 14 days quarantine for those who come back to the country.
Official document:
http://static.government.ru/media/files/uPySAqzA9AV39jD1h71za3OR9esIxlDj.pdf

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
It is forbidden to go outside without special needs (taking out garbage, buying food, medical supplies).

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
It is allowed to go no further than 100 meters from home. Also, there are restrictions concerning the minimal distance that should be kept between individuals when outside - 1.5 meters.

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
The audiovisual production in the country is currently suspended.

The following information was submitted on May 26, 2020 by the Singapore Film Office

Contact:

David Chang

info@sgfo.org

Beginning June 2, 2020 Singapore will be restarting production (under restrictions) as the country is entering a three stage re-opening.

The following information was submitted on March 24, 2020 by the Seoul Film Commission.

Contact: 
Nina Jung/General Manager/nina@seoulfc.or.kr
Erica Ko/Deputy General Manger/erica@seoulfc.or.kr
MJ Minji Ki/Staff/mj@seoulfc.or.kr
Office : +82-2-777-7184

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
No

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country? 
There are no travel restrictions coming in South Korea yet. However, the Special Entry Procedure is applied to all travelers entering Korea from abroad, regardless of nationality, in an effort to prevent the further inflow of COVID-19.

The Special Entry Procedure requires inbound travelers to undergo fever checks and submit the Health Declaration and the Travel Record Declaration when they arrive at the entry hall of an international airport. Travelers need to provide their contact information and address in Korea in the Travel Record Declaration. Korean Immigration officials check, on-site, whether the travelers can be reached via the phone number provided. Entry will be denied if they do not provide a reachable phone number.

In addition, in-bound travelers are required to install the Self Diagnosis App on their smartphones and report their health status every day through the app for 14 days.

To minimize congestion at the arriving airport in Korea, the Consulate recommends all passengers who are going to travel to Korea install the App before they arrive.

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction? 
No

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
No. However, South Korea began implementing stricter rules on social distancing on 22 March to slow the coronavirus pandemic.

Citizens are strongly urged to stay at home, except for essential needs or jobs, with the government also restricting religious gatherings, indoor sports activities and attendance at entertainment facilities.

The rules for the 2-week social distancing campaign are as follows.

  1. Refrain from going outdoors and avoid physical contact with others.
  2. Keep in touch with people by using social media measures instead of meeting them personally.
  3. Keep your personal hygiene by washing your hands and wearing a mask
  4. Keep a distance of 2m from others

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming (if production is shut down, you need not answer this question).
From January, all subway stations, public offices such as police stations, all hospitals and Hang Gang River Park in Seoul were closed to filming.
Additional Information
Please check everyday status of South Korea here: http://ncov.mohw.go.kr/en

The information found at the link below has been provided by AFCI Affiliate member Production Service Network:

https://www.productionservicenetwork.com/covid-19-country-production-status

Information pertaining to Thailand's protocols and guidelines may be found on the website of  the Department of Disease Control:
https://ddc.moph.go.th/viralpneumonia/eng/index.php

The following information was submitted on May 29, 2020 by the Cine Tirol Film Commission.

Contact:

Thomas Fuchs, CFC

thomas.fuchs@cine.tirol

0043 664 8053 2182

https://www.cine.tirol/en/

May 28th Austrian Government released information, that shooting in Austria is possible under certain constraints: Austrian film associations – in coordination with the Ministry of Health, published a comeback work concept for filming in the field of film and television during the Corona crisis.

Please find additional information also at https://locationaustria.at/en/news/2020/04/Coronanews.php

The following update was submitted on May 29, 2020 by the Vienna Film Commission.

Contact:

Marijana Stoisits
stoisits@viennafilmcommission.at
+43 699 100 28660

http://www.viennafilmcommission.at

By June, 1st, filming for feature film production is fully possible in Vienna and Austria.
People coming from other countries may take tests at the airport and will have results within three hours. If the test is negative no quarantine is required.
Find recommendations for filming here: https://www.viennafilmcommission.at/en/content/download/26511/file/COMEBACK_WorkingConcept_FilmTV_29052020.pdf

COMEBACK_eng_FilmTV_200529.pdf

 

 

The following update was submitted on May 1, 2020 by the Vienna Film Commission.

Contact:

Marijana Stoisits
stoisits@viennafilmcommission.at
+43 699 100 28660

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
Factually no feature film shooting is going on, only smaller shootings for commercial.
Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction? 
There are no travel restriction in Austria itself.
The travel restrictions to Germany will stay till mid June. Currently there are also restrictions travelling from and to Hungary, Czech Republik, Italy, Croatia, Switzerland ans Slowenia. The Schengen area is closed to persons from outside Europe traveling for non-essential purposes.
Restaurants will reopen by mid of May, the big museums by end of May or mid June.
10 people may gather in the public. Indoors more people are allowed to gather.
Hotels will be opened by end of May.
Shops and supermarket are open again.
Most important: physical distancing of 1 m - is requested in public and public buildings.
The Vienna Film Commission is available via phone or e-mail during the regular office hours - Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm.

The information immediately below was provided on April 4, 2020 by Vienna Film Commission

Contact:
Marijana Stoisits
stoisits@viennafilmcommission.at
+43 699 100 28660
https://www.viennafilmcommission.at

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
The city of Vienna does currently not give permissions for shooting on Locations owned by the city of Vienna as shooting is not possible due to federal restrictions. People are not allowed to gather, everybody is on home office. Filming is currently forbidden. Not ore than 2 people can show up in public spaces. Permits are only given out to teams of maximum 3 people who are doing documentaries on the covid-19.

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
There are currently no flights to Austria. There are travel restrictions to Switzerland, Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Italy. Vienna itself is not under quarantine.

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
Federal Parks and gardens.
Theaters, operas, museums and other cultural institutions as well as universities and schools are closed. Events are currently forbidden.

 

The following update was submitted on November 23, 2020 by Screen Flanders.

Contact:
Katrien Maes, kmaes@vaf.be
Jan Roekens, jroekens@vaf.be
www.screenflanders.com

A special Covid-19 section has been created on the Screen Flanders website: https://screenflanders.be/en/covid-19/covid-19-protocols-guidelines/

In this section  you find all the latest guidelines for the Television & Media Industry (JC 227) as well as the Film Production Protocol for the Flemish-speaking Community.

 

The following update was submitted on June 12, 2020 by Screen Flanders.

Contact:
Katrien Maes, kmaes@vaf.be
Jan Roekens, jroekens@vaf.be
www.screenflanders.com

The film industry  restarted filming in Belgium on June 8th, and specific safety guidelines and protocols have been established.

The Covid-19 sector-specific guidelines for the Television & Media Industry (JC 227) and the Film Production Protocol for the Flemish-speaking Community are now available in English, French and Dutch on www.screenflanders.com.

The following information was submitted on March 19, 2020 by Screen Flanders.

Contact:
Katrien Maes, kmaes@vaf.be
Jan Roekens, jroekens@vaf.be
www.screenflanders.com

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
There is currently a (soft) lock down in Belgium until 5 April 2020. You may only leave your house to go to work (if it is essential and you can’t do telework), buy groceries, go to the ATM, doctor or help vulnerable others. All film shoots have been cancelled or postponed as social distancing could no longer be guaranteed. Animation and post-production companies try to keep things running by teleworking but it is unsure how long they will be able to do this.
see also https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/faqs

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
All non-essential journeys within the country are prohibited.
A long list of airlines have cancelled their flights from and to Brussels Airport, see https://www.brusselsairport.be/alerts/en/are-you-worried-about-the-coronavirus

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
All non-essential journeys are prohibited.
See soft lock down above, https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/faqs

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
Teleworking is compulsory in all companies not belonging to the essential services, regardless of their size and for all employees for whom it is possible, without exception.

Where this is not possible, companies must be guaranteed the social distance of 1.5m. This rule also applies to the organisation of transport by the employer. If these measures are not followed, the company must close down.
see also https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/faqs

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming (if production is shut down, you need not answer this question).
see above, all film shoots have been cancelled or postponed.

Additional Information:

https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/faqs

Attached are guidelines provided by the government of Bulgaria effective June, 2020.

Bulgarian-Film-Industry-Safety-Guidelines-Under-COVID-19-en

The following information was submitted on June 3, 2020 by Filming in Croatia.

Contact:

Tanja Ladovic Blazevic, Program Coordinator

filmingincroatia@havc.hr

The Croatian government continues easing social distancing measures that were implemented to limit the spread of COVID-19, as of May 18 production and filming may restart.

Croatian professional audio-visual associations prepared  RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING FILMING DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC: https://bit.ly/309N9Ch , following the Guidelines for the production and filming of audio-visual and music material during the COVID-19 pandemic issued by Croatian Institute of Public Health.

Regarding foreign crews working in Croatia, the Croatian producer will coordinate the implementation of all measures necessary for cross-border entry and departure of all foreign members of film and TV crews, in line with the general guidelines of the Croatian Institute of Public Health on cross-border travel, self-isolation and quarantine.

Movement Restrictions: Movement within Croatia is no longer restricted, and passes are not needed to travel internally.

Flight Availability: Limited international flights are available from Zagreb Airport. Domestic flights have been resumed on May 11. Additional international flights are already announced to begin very soon.

All official information related to COVID-19 measures is available on https://www.koronavirus.hr/en

Filming in Croatia employees are available for all queries on e-mail filmingincroatia@havc.hr.

 

The following information was submitted on May 21, 2020 by Filming in Croatia.

Contact:

Tanja Ladovic Blazevic, Program Coordinator

filmingincroatia@havc.hr

PRODUCTION TO RESTART IN CROATIA

The Croatian government has begun easing social distancing measures that were implemented to limit the spread of COVID-19, as of May 18 production and filming may restart.

Croatian professional audio-visual associations prepared  RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC DURING FILMING, following the Guidelines for the production and filming of audio-visual and music material during the COVID-19 pandemic issued by Croatian Institute of Public Health.

Regarding foreign crews working in Croatia, the Croatian producer will coordinate the implementation of all measures necessary for cross-border entry and departure of all foreign members of film and TV crews, in line with the general guidelines of the Croatian Institute of Public Health on cross-border travel, self-isolation and quarantine.

Movement Restrictions: Movement within Croatia is no longer restricted, and passes are not needed to travel internally.

Social Distancing Measures: The Croatian government continues easing the social distancing measures that were implemented to limit the spread of COVID-19. Please visit the Croatian Government’s COVID-19 website for the latest information.

Flight Availability: Limited international flights are available from Zagreb Airport. Domestic flights have been resumed on May 11. Additional international flights are already announced to begin very soon.

State Borders: Recommendations and instructions of the Croatian Institute of Public Health for Croatian and foreign nationals who are crossing the state border and entering the Republic of Croatia are available here.

To contain the spreading of the virus, on 16 March, the European Commission recommended to Member States to apply an initial 30 days coordinated restriction of non-essential travel from third countries into the EU. Following the endorsement by EU leaders, all EU Member States (except Ireland) and all Schengen Associated Countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) are applying this travel restriction. On 8 April, the Commission invited Member States and non-EU Schengen countries to extend the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel to the EU until 15 May. On 8 May 2020 the Commission recommended an extension of the temporary travel restrictions to the EU+ area by another 30 days. This would expire on 15 June 2020.

All official information related to COVID-19 measures is available on KORONAVIRUS.HR.

Filming in Croatia employees are available for all queries on e-mail filmingincroatia@havc.hr.

The following information was submitted on June 9, 2020 by Invest Cyprus.

Contact:

Lefteris Eleftheriou, Senior Investment Promotion Officer/Head of Filming Unit

leleftheriou@investcyprus.org.cy

+357 22 441133

Please see the attached document for filming protocol in Cyprus.Invest Cyprus protocol

The following update was submitted on May 7, 2020 by the Czech Film Commission.

Contact:

Pavlina Zipkova, Film Commissioner

pavilina@filmcommission.cz

420603554044

FILM PRODUCTION IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC IS CONSIDERED RESUMED. MORE INFORMATION HERE: https://filmcommission.cz/en/audiovisual-production-is-once-again-in-full-swing-in-the-czech-republic/

 

The following update was received on April 30, 2020 by the Czech Film Commission.

Contact:

Pavlina Zipkova, Film Commissioner

pavlina@filmcommission.cz

420-603-554-044

The state of emergency is now extended through May 17. However the film and TV production restarts in the Czech Republic.

The Czech government has issued an exemption from wearing facemasks for all performers and artists, valid from May 1, 2020, under following conditions:

- RT-PCR test for SARS:CoV-2 with negative result not older than 4 days before commencing the filming,

- follow-up tests must be carried out at least every 14 days throughout the filming,

- the 2-metres distancing rule may be waived between performing artists,

- the location where the work is being performed or the audiovisual work is being filmed or program is being held must be regularly disinfected, and if it is a closed space, it must be regularly ventilated,

-hand sanitizer must be provided for all artists and their co-workers,

- in the event that any of the artists or their co-workers have a temperature of 37 °C or higher or other symptoms of COVID-19, they will be prohibited from entering the location where the work is being performed or audiovisual work is being created or program is being held.

Further information with details will be available May 5 - 6.

The information immediately below was provided on April 4, 2020 by Czech Film Commission

Contact:
Pavlina Zipkova, Film Commissioner, pavlina@filmcommission.cz, +420 603 554 044

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
No.

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country? 
Yes, the country's borders are closed from March 16 till April 11 with possible extension, subject to limited exemptions. Detailed information: Ministry of Interior https://www.mvcr.cz/mvcren/

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction? 

  • People may be outside only by themselves or in groups of 2 (with the exception of families and those on work duties).
  • A two-meter-distance should be maintained between people.
  • Commuting only if necessary (work, grocery shopping, medical reasons).

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
Yes in exteriors, please see the answer above.
Everyone outside must wear a protective surgical mask, self-made mask, or at least a scarf over their nose and mouth.

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
No.

Additional Information
All necessary information is summed up here: https://filmcommission.cz/en/a-message-from-the-czech-film-commissioner/

The following information was submitted on May 12, 2020 by Film Estonia.

Contact:

Nele Paves, Film Commissioner

nele@filmi.ee

The state of emergency in Estonia will end May 17th/2020.

Updates on Covid-19 and travel can be found here:
https://koroonakaart.ee/en
https://www.kriis.ee/en

We are ready to start production and filming as soon as international travel is opened.

The following update was submitted on November 4, 2020 by the Finnish Lapland Film Commission

Contact:

Kirsikka Paakkinen  Film commissioner

+358 40 354 5322

kirsikka.paakkinen@houseoflapland.fi

Film Lapland has published its own COVID-19 guidelines with traveling information and more information about the current testing and quarantine policy. Up-to-date guidelines can be found here: https://www.lapland.fi/film/guidelines-for-international-productions-travelling-to-finland-during-covid-19/.

We strongly advise all international productions to apply for a special group status before entering Finland. With the special group status, you will get custom testing and quarantine guidelines. In order to get a special group status, you need a Finnish partner (for example fixer or production service company). Your Finnish partner prepares a proposal for the Finnish Border Guard. The proposal is assessed by the responsible ministry and the health authorities. Health security measures are agreed upon on a case-by-case basis. If the security and health measures are deemed sufficient, there is a chance that the production may be granted permission to bypass the quarantine.

For additional information, please contact kirsikka.paakkinen@houseoflalpland.fi.

The following update was submitted on September 10, 2020 by the Finnish Lapland Film Commission

Updated health and safety guidelines to be followed during the Covid-19 pandemic: https://apfi.fi/en/yleinen-en/covid-19-guidelines/

The instructions of the Finnish Border Guard to passengers regarding entry to Finland: https://www.raja.fi/current_issues/guidelines_for_border_traffic

Finnish authorities have announced it is easing restrictions on international arrivals of film and TV professionals that are entering the country to work on a production. This decision pertains to entrants from countries currently classified under Restriction Categories 1 (including the United Kingdom) and 2 (including the United States). Individuals entering the country must be contracted by productions, which in turn are strictly tied to adhering to APFI’s regulations for production under COVID-19, as updated on 28th August 2020.

Every production crew’s entry into the country will be processed individually, in advance by the Ministry of Economic Affairs & Employment of Finland and with the local hospital district where production will take place. Then the given crew’s arrival plan is presented to the Finnish Border Guard for approval. All the while your contacts and partners in Finland, such as APFI, are here to support you and help handle communications.

The following update was submitted on May 14, 2020 by the Finnish Lapland Film Commission

 

 

Finland is opening up one step at a time after declaring a nationwide state of emergency due to the Covid-19/Coronavirus outbreak. Finnish borders open for work-based and essential travel from the EU Schengen Area starting 14 May.

Guidelines for the border traffic by The Finnish Border Guard:
https://www.raja.fi/current_issues/guidelines_for_border_traffic

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The information immediately below was provided on April 7, 2020 by Finnish Lapland Film Commission

 

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
No.

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
Yes. Finland has declared a nationwide state of emergency due to the Covid-19/Coronavirus outbreak. Finland has closed its borders and suspended travel to Finland until 13 May 2020. This applies to everyone except Finnish citizens and foreigners with permanent residence in Finland.

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
No, but the ski resorts in Lapland have closed and many hotels all over the country have closed as well. Restaurants will remain closed until 31 May, however, some sell takeaway.
Public gatherings are limited to no more than ten persons, and it is recommend to avoid spending unnecessary time in public places.
https://www.visitfinland.com/article/covid-19-coronavirus-guidance-for-travelers-to-finland/

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?

PRACTICAL GUIDELINES TO BE FOLLOWED BY AUDIOVISUAL PRODUCTIONS DURING THE CORONAVIRUS EPIDEMIC, AS RECOMMENDED BY AUDIOVISUAL PRODUCERS FINLAND – APFI, THE UNION OF JOURNALISTS IN FINLAND, THE FINNISH ACTORS’ UNION, AND THE TRADE UNION FOR THEATRE AND MEDIA FINLAND
Updated 26th March, 2020

These recommendations shall continue to be updated. The aforementioned associations are continuously following government regulations and shall refine the recommended procedures listed below as required.

  1. The production company shall clearly designate someone responsible for safety at work, whom the cast and crew members may contact and who is responsible for providing information and guidelines on occupational safety and the health and well-being of all members of the production.
  2. At a minimum, the occupational health and safety measures in accordance with these recommendations that relate to general occupational safety must be communicated to all those involved in the production.
  3.  Specific occupational safety measures for each given day of filming must be communicated in advance to all cast and crew members involved. Cast and crew must also have the opportunity to contact the appointed occupational health and safety representative ahead of filming.
  4.  The production company shall identify all cast and crew members who are at risk or whose household includes a person at risk. The employee and employer agree on working methods, e.g. changes in job description.
  5. The entire cast and crew shall be informed of the rules on sick leave. Anyone displaying flu like symptoms must remain at home until all symptoms have subsided. In principle, calling in sick without a doctor’s note is sufficient. COVID-19 infections are subject to doctors’ orders.
  6. Transfers to and from set shall be handled wherever possible by everyone’s own means of transport.
  7. The scale of the crew on set shall be production planned so that the number of people is kept minimal, and in such a way that a safe distance of 2 m to other cast and crew members can be maintained.
  8. When working on set, different departments and groups are to work separately from each other. Necessary protective wear and materials are to be available on set at all times.
  9. The hygiene of work spaces and break rooms as well as equipment is to be constantly maintained throughout the day. Equipment that must be cleaned includes: microphones, headphones, filming equipment.
  10. Actors must dress themselves and set up their own microphones according to the wardrobe and sound departments’ instructions, respectively. Wardrobe hygiene must also be considered when costumes are in storage.
  11. The makeup and hair departments are responsible for ensuring the actor and makeup designer/hairdresser have the necessary protective wear, and that the tools and material used are not at risk of contamination.
  12. Shooting intimate scenes should be avoided. The actor has the right to refuse close contact with other cast members, e.g. kissing.
  13. Working and breaks are to be scheduled so that unnecessary proximity between people can be avoided. On set catering should be provided in individual containers whenever possible. There shall be no queue or congestion when distributing food.
  14. Changing rooms, breakrooms and dining areas are to be spacious enough to allow the recommended safety distance of 2 m between all cast and crew members.
    https://apfi.fi/en/yleinen-en/recommended-guidelines-for-production-during-covid-19-updated-26-march-2020/

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
No.

The following informatin was submitted on November 17, 2020 by Film France.

Contact:

Fleur Dagornr

01 53 83 98 98

https://www.filmfrance.net/v2/gb/home.cfm

 

France is currently on a lockdown, but it has no impact on shootings. Some local regulations might exist.

•      Foreign productions (cast & crew) are allowed to travel to France. For information on a specific country, contact rebate@filmfrance.

•      Borders between France and other European countries are now open and travel is permitted.

•      Comprehensive safety guidelines for filming are available by clicking here 

 

The following informatin was submitted on May 29, 2020 by Film France.

Contact:

Matthew Parer, Producers' Liaison & Tax Rebate Expert

rebate@filmfrance.net

+33 1 53 83 98 90

https://www.filmfrance.net/v2/gb/home.cfm

Filming has been gradually resuming in France since mid-May. Shoots for commercials, daily series and feature films are now taking place.

• Official recommendations outlining the conditions in which shoots may take place in compliance with sanitary standards have been finalized. French version: http://www.cchscinema.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Guide-des-preconisations-de-securite-%CC%81-sanitaire-pour-les-activite%CC%81s-de-la-production-audiovisuelle-cine%CC%81matographique-et-publicitaire-25-mai-2020-3.pdf

Recommendations in English will be available shortly on Film France's website.

• Authorizations for filming all over France on public roads are being issued by cities and local authorities , who examine compliance with the new health regulations.

• The conditions for foreigners entering France are subject to specific rules. Nationals of the European Union, the Schengen Area and the United Kingdom may enter only under certain conditions. French borders for all other countries are currently closed. A review of these restrictions by the French government will take place on 15th June and further announcements will follow.

The following information was submitted on November 23. 2020 by Film Paris Region.

Contact:

M. Stéphane Martinet
International Promotion Manager
stephane.martinet@filmparisregion.com
Cell : +33 6 85 72 74 96

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?No. Preproduction and shooting can take place day and night.

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
Internal European borders will remain open but external borders are closed except for essential travel, like for professional reasons. All travelers arriving in France will be tested at airports and ports. You may not travel between different parts of France except for professional reasons All up-dated information can be found here : https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coronavirus-advice-for-foreign-nationals-in-france/
Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
You may not travel between different parts of France except for professional reasons including shooting
Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
No specific restrictions other than If you cannot work from home, staggered work patterns must be encouraged, to reduce the numbers of people both in the workplace and in public transport.
Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
No location is shut down per say. Depending on the project a location might organize the shooting arrangements.
Additional information:
Special visas may be delivered to foreigners who come to France to work. A quarantine might be requested depending on the country of origin.

 

The following information was submitted on July 21. 2020 by Film Paris Region.

Contact:

M. Stéphane Martinet
International Promotion Manager
stephane.martinet@filmparisregion.com
Cell : +33 6 85 72 74 96

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction? 
The mandate has been liftd and productions can shoot when respecting COVID-19 measures for working environment. If you are planning to come and shoot in Paris region, ask the professionals how they are going to handle each task, you shall be surprised how prepared our technicians are.
Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
Check with us whether you may access our territory where as a principle we consider everyone welcomed.
Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
No travel restriction within the Paris region.
Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
There are no limit. A well planned organization is just needed which can even evolve on site if needed. THere is no government approval to be obtained. No workers organization is to approve the way things go.
Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?As of May 28th, all locations are open to filming.
Additional Information:
Please do contact us so that we provide you with the up-to-date information on all matters including COVID-19.

The following information was submitted on March 19th. 2020 by Film Paris Region.

Contact:

M. Stéphane Martinet
International Promotion Manager
stephane.martinet@filmparisregion.com
Cell : +33 6 85 72 74 96

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
The government has put in place public and working gathering restrictions which de facto prohibit shootings starting on the 17th of March for a minimum of 15 days.

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
The government has announced the closure, from March 17 at noon and for 30 days, of the external borders of the European area, that is to say borders of the European Union, the Schengen Area and the United Kingdom.
https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
No travel is allowed within France
https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
Workers who cannot work from home are expected to get to work and respect sanitary measures. If those cannot be met, workers should stay confined at home.

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
Production is shut down
Additional Information
All authorities of the Paris region (the Region, Counties, Cities, local and national police, local and national transportation authorities…) are working on a plan to restore as soon as possible after the State (the equivalent to US Federal level) allows, all favorable conditions for shootings. Since their postponement shall inevitably concentrate them on the weeks just after the lifting of confinement, the authorities shall plan their dispatching in time and cityscape to enable each to reach its production goals in the best timing possible. All shootings shall be able to take place.

The following information was submitted on September 3, 2020 by the Hamburg schleswig-Holstein Film Commission

Contact:

Alexandra Luetkens, Film Commissioner

+49 40 398 37 230

luetkens@ffhsh.de

Hamburg Guidlines Social Distancing Guideline

 

Film crews are still allowed to work in public as well as in interior locations – mandatory health and safety measures are regularly updated (in German) by the BGETEM  https://medien.bgetem.de/medienportal/artikel/UzMwMA--.

Since November 8th Germany has tightened the quarantine rules and all entries from other countries must register online at https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de/#/ to determine whether quarantine is ordered.

Upon request quarantine can be reduced to 5 days with a negative test, but not earlier than at the fifth day.

 

The following information was submitted on November 20, 2020 by the Hamburg schleswig-Holstein Film Commission

Contact:

Alexandra Luetkens, Film Commissioner

+49 40 398 37 230

luetkens@ffhsh.de

Hamburg Guidlines Social Distancing Guideline

Throughout Germany film permits for public grounds are being issued again.
In all regions film productions have to follow the rules of the government safety organization/association BG ETEM.
Quarantine regulations in the context of filming have been relaxed end of July 2020. Previous quarantine measures are mitigated by a so-called protection period when actors shoot intimacy or fight scenes. These are divided into three levels and can also include contact restrictions. Depending on the level, regular corona tests have to be conducted.
Please also check the "Corona Setiquette" by the German producers association "Produzentenallianz - Sektion Werbung"

The following update was submitted May 20, 2020 by the Film Commission Region Stuttgart.

Contact:
Jens Gutfleisch
jens.gutfleisch@region-stuttgart.de
+49 711 22835 – 722
Breitscheidstraße 4
70174 Stuttgart

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
Currently there aren‘t any nationwide regulations regarding the corona-crisis, However, the
provincial capital Stuttgart has prohibited any events or gatherings in public space.

Therefore shooting isn’t allowed either. It is possible to obtain special permission for
shooting by the office for public order though.

If a shooting team wishes to shoot on private territory it cannot contain more than five
members.

If on the other hand it is necessary to shoot in order to maintain operation and existence of the company an exception of the 5-men-ruling can be made.
For the 1st case (shooting on public ground) it is mandatory to contact the office of infection
protection. In addition it is recommended to do the same if one wants to shoot on private
property. The mail-address is sicherheit@stuttgart.de . Especially concerning the matter of accountability in case of illness a permit of the office of infection is essential.

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country? Below are links to official sites and information on quarantine measures.  At the moment Germany’s borders have not been locked down completely.   However, it is heavily advised not to take on any unnecessary journeys as health risks and failures of return are to be avoided. The existence of a „valid“ reason to travel is essential.

In coordination with Germany’s neighboring countries and federal states affected, Federal
Minister Seehofer decided to temporarily reintroduce border control. The borders to Austria,
France and Switzerland will be temporarily controlled until the 16th of June 2020. The same
regulation applies to the airside borders to Italy and Spain. Movement of goods and
commuter traffic is still allowed. The controls will be held sample-wise and risk-based.

The controls at the border of Louxemburg have been ceased while the border-controls for
Denmark are going to be stopped as well, a date will be published in the near future.

Source:

https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/einreiseundaufenthalt/coronavirushttps://www.bmi.bund.de/SharedDocs/faqs/EN/topics/civil-protection/coronavirus/coronavirus-faqs.html#doc13797140bodyText3

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction? 
In fact, there are no official reports of quarantine or curfew in the Stuttgart jurisdiction. For
current information, please contact us directly.

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
If a team is working on private territory it cannot contain more than five members.
If on the other hand it is necessary to work at one place in order to maintain operation and
existence of the company (including internal or official instruction) an exception of the 5-
men-ruling can be made.
The local authorities are responsible for authorizing or canceling specific events. They are in the best position to assess the local situation and the individual event. The same applies to
sport events.
Source:

https://www.baden-
wuerttemberg.de/fileadmin/redaktion/dateien/PDF/Coronainfos/200516_CoronaVO_Konsoli
dierte_Fassung_ab_200518_englisch.pdf (Article 3.2)

Additional Information:
If you are planning productions in Germany/Stuttgart Region in the near future, please contact us directly.

The following information was received on March 23rd, 2020 by the Film Commission Region Stuttgart.

Contact:
Jens Gutfleisch
jens.gutfleisch@region-stuttgart.de
+49 711 22835 – 722
Breitscheidstraße 4
70174 Stuttgart

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
Currently, the provincial capital Stuttgart refuses to give out permissions to film in the region on public grounds. Private location-providers are heavily advised not to let film-teams shoot on their property. There is currently no state regulation, actually, film-teams can decide for themselves if they are willing to take the risk in order to keep shooting despite the recommendations not to.

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country? If yes, please provide details including links to official sites and information on quarantine measures.
At the moment Germany’s borders have not been locked down completely. However, it is heavily advised not to take on any unnecessary journeys as it isn’t guaranteed that one can return to Germany after leaving. It is also possible that the reason for leaving will not be enough to allow one to pass the border.
The borders to Austria, France, Luxembourg and Denmark will be temporarily controlled until the 26th of March 2020. Movement of goods and commuter traffic is still allowed.
Source: https://www.bmi.bund.de/EN/home/home_node.html

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction? If yes, please provide details including links to official sites.
In fact, there are still no official reports of quarantine or curfew in the Stuttgart jurisdiction. For current information, please contact us directly.

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?If yes, please provide details including links to official sites.
All 16 federal states have now canceled events with an attendance of more than 50 people.
The local authorities are responsible for authorizing or canceling specific events. They are in the best position to assess the local situation and the individual event. The same applies to sport events.
Source: https://www.bmi.bund.de/SharedDocs/faqs/EN/topics/civil-protection/coronavirus/events/events-list.html#f13833352

Additional Information:
If you are planning productions in Germany / Stuttgart Region in the near future, please contact us directly.

 

 

The following update was submitted on November 11, 2020 by the Hellenic Film Commission (Greek Film Centre).

Contact:

Venia Vergou, Director

v.vergou@gfc.gr

0030 210 367 8514

 

Greece has entered a state of a second lockdown as of 6th November, until 30th of November. However, filming continues under new government COVID-19 related protocolos and procedures and according to the country's epidemiological data. Producers and crews are advised to follow the Updated Guidelines for Safe Film Shoots & Sound Recordings issued by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports which are based on the guidelines and recommendations of the Hellenic Ministry of Health’s Covid-19 Expert Committee and the “Public health security and protection from Covid-19 infection map” published at https://covid19.gov.gr/covid-map/.
More information here:
https://www.filmcommission.gr/hfcnews/covid-19-updated-guidelines-for-safe-film-shoots-sound-recordings/

Lockdown Movement Permit - Instructions to Individuals:
https://forma.gov.gr/en/

In summer 2020 Greece has raised the cash rebate to 40%. More information here:
https://www.filmcommission.gr/incentives/40-cash-rebate/

Useful links:
https://forma.gov.gr/en/
https://eody.gov.gr/en/covid-19/
https://www.aia.gr/traveler/travellers-info/faq-for-covid19

 

The following update was submitted on May 22, 2020 by the Hellenic Film Commission (Greek Film Centre).

Contact:

Venia Vergou, Director

v.vergou@gfc.gr

0030 210 367 8514

Greece is no longer in a state of lock down since May, 4. The country has coped with the pandemic efficiently, rated as one of the countries with the lowest infections and casualties in Europe and has gained praise worldwide for the collaboration between government, health experts and population.

As of May 18th filming resumes in Greece following government COVID-19 related protocolos and according to the country's epidemiological data.
Ensuring safety on set crews are requested to follow the SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR FILMING IN GREECE recommended by the Ministry of Culture and Sports based on the instructions of the Commission COVID-19 experts of the Ministry of Health. More Information here:
https://www.filmcommission.gr/hfcnews/safety-guidelines-for-filming-in-greece/

Ministry of Tourism has announced June 15 as the official starting date of the tourist season with incoming international flights from countries with good epidiomiological data. Direct international flights to all airports in Greek territory are set to resume as of July 1st.

Useful links
https://eody.gov.gr/en/covid-19/
https://www.civilprotection.gr/en/koronoios-covid-19-hrisimes-odigies
https://www.aia.gr/traveler/travellers-info/faq-for-covid19
https://www.ekome.media/news/announcement-by-ekome/

The update immediately below was provided on May 8th, 2020 by the Hellenic Film Commission (Greek Film Centre).

Contact:

Venia Vergou, Director

v.vergou@gfc.gr

0030 210 367 8514

Greece is no longer in a state of lock down since May, 4. No Lock Down Movement Permit is required and different categories of shops are re-opening gradually (i.e. rental equipment companies re-open on May, 11). However, social distancing of 1,5-2 meters, mask wearing and use of hand sanitizer are obligatory and up to two persons are allowed to take a taxi (wearing mask is obligatory).

Opening dates:
Filming of audiovisual productions and theatre reheasrals on May, 18 (locations of filming and theatre rehearsals, if they are closed spaces, must be disinfected everytime before and after filming/rehearsing and regularly ventilated).
Archaeological sites on May, 18 (access to limited amount of people/hour)
Open-air cinema theatres on June, 1 (visitors covering 40% of the capacity of each cinema).
Museums on June, 15 (access to limited amount of people/hour).
Events on open public spaces on July, 15 (visitors covering 40% of the capacity of each space).
Season hotels on June 1.

Detailed safety protocol during filming is expected soon.
https://eody.gov.gr/en/covid-19/
https://eody.gov.gr/en/novel-coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-travellers/
https://www.aia.gr/traveler/travellers-info/faq-for-covid19

The update immediately below was provided on April 22, 2020 by Hellenic Film Commission (Greek Film Centre)

Contact:
Venia Vergou, Director

v.vergou@gfc.gr.

Stavroula Geronimaki, Operations Manager

stavroula.geronimaki@gfc.gr

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
The state of lockdown is extended through April 27 until further notice by the government officials.

Instructions for a Lockdown Movement Permit by the General Secretariat for Civil Protection:
https://forma.gov.gr/en/

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country? 
Yes, there are.

  1. Social distancing: 1,5 meter
  2. Travel restrictions and general measures communicated by Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos: https://www.aia.gr/en/traveler/travellers-info/faq-for-covid19
  3. Guidelines with advice for travellers by the National Public Health Organization (EODY): https://eody.gov.gr/en/novel-coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-travellers/

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction? 
Travel restrictions and general measures communicated by Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos:
https://www.aia.gr/en/traveler/travellers-info/faq-for-covid19

Guidelines with advice for travelers by the National Public Health Organization (EODY):
https://eody.gov.gr/en/novel-coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-travellers/

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?

  • There is a limit of gathering of maximum 9 individuals.
  • Social distancing: 1,5 meter
  • Shops, schools, cafes, restaurants are closed.
  • Hellenic Police is responsible to oversee the implementation of the restriction measures.
  • Fine of 150 euros for each violation.
  • A movement permit document or SMS is required before individuals exit their homes

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
n.a.

Additional Information
The Hellenic Film Commission works from home!
https://www.filmcommission.gr/
EKOME's platform handling applications for the 35% cash rebate scheme in Greece (2 months before the beginning of production) continue to operate normally.
https://www.ekome.media/news/announcement-by-ekome/

National Public Health Organization in Greece (EODY):

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Attached are guidelines provided by the government of Hungary effective June, 2020.

Hungary 

Guidelines and information pertaining to shooting may be found on the Film in Icleand website:

www.filminiceland.com

 

The information found at the link below has been provided by AFCI Affiliate member Production Service Network:

https://www.productionservicenetwork.com/covid-19-country-production-status

Attached are guidelines provided by the government of Ireland effective June, 2020.

COVID-19 Key Questions and Answers - Ireland

Attached are guidelines provided by the government of Italy effective June, 2020.

(informal translation)
Protocol for the protection of workers in the cinema-audiovisual sector
Premise
The parties have come to the formulation of this protocol, to be subjected to the examination and
verification of congruity with the current emergency standards, in order to agree on the operating
methods of the companies in the Cine-audiovisual sector.
This protocol was drawn up keeping in mind the general operating conditions that can reasonably be
found in all work environments.
On the basis of the actual condition of each of the activities detailed below, as well as in the event of
changes to the emergency condition, additions, modifications or anything else that may be more
appropriate may be assessed and / or adopted following new developments of the general and specific
situations.
This document is divided into two parts, with reference to the two macro types of work environment
typical of production and to the specific activities characteristic of each of them:
1. Production offices / production activity preparation
2. Set / troupe / actors and extras
The protocol sets out the prevention and protection activities necessary in each of the aforementioned
work environments / phases, as required by the "Shared protocol for regulating measures to combat and
contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus in the workplace" signed by Government and workers'
organizations on April 24, 2020.
The protocol assumes and considers the presence of:
• RSPP corporate security manager, a figure required by Legislative Decree 81/08, appointed by
the company, who collaborates in drafting the DRV with the figures indicated below;
• Competent company physician, a person envisaged by Legislative Decree 81/08, who
collaborates with RSPP;
• Committee for the application and verification of the rules of the regulatory protocol, which will
include RSPP, COMPETENT DOCTOR, RLS at central or territorial level (Protocol April
24, 2020);
• Safety manager appointed by the RLS workers, another figure provided for by Legislative
Decree 81/08, whose activity can be supported by the RLST (territorial safety representative
appointed by trade unions), also providing advisory support to the figures referred to in the
DL 81/08:
• Health professional and / or operational and emergency support rescuer on set for health
issues;
• Covid representative, the responsible figure within the Committee. He must be chosen from
among the other members of the Committee (RSPP, Medical Officer), alternatively the
Healthcare Professional and / or Rescuer may be appointed for this purpose.
This protocol is subject to updates:
• in compliance with the ordinances of the competent national authorities and any more restrictive
regional ordinances;
• in compliance with the ordinances of the competent health Authorities and any
recommendations from the scientific community, in particular with regard to the choice and
supply of the best health materials and PPE available.
This protocol, in all its parts, refers to the definition of "close contact" of the European Center for Disease
Prevention and Control (ECDC):
• a person living in the same house as a COVID-19 case;
• a person who has had direct physical contact with a COVID-19 case (eg handshake);
• a person who has had unprotected direct contact with the secretions of a COVID-19 case (for
example, touching used paper tissues with bare hands);
• a person who has had direct contact (face to face) with a case of COVID-19, at a distance of less
than 2 meters and lasting longer than 15 minutes;
• a person who has been in a closed environment (for example classroom, meeting room, hospital
waiting room) with a case of COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes, at a distance of less than 2
meters;
• a healthcare professional or other person who provides direct assistance to a case of COVID19
or laboratory staff involved in handling samples of a case of COVID-19 without the use of
recommended PPE or through the use of unsuitable PPE;
• a person who has traveled by sitting in an airplane in the two adjacent seats, in any direction, of
a COVID-19 case, travel companions or assistance persons and crew members assigned to the
section of the aircraft where the index case was seated (if the index case has a severe
symptomatology or has moved within the plane, causing greater passenger exposure, consider
all passengers seated in the same section of the plane or in the whole area as close
contacts).
The epidemiological link may have occurred within a period of 14 days before or after the onset of the
disease in the case under consideration.
This protocol assumes staff training as preliminary and mandatory activity in each of the phases /
environments as distinguished and described below:
Staff training
All the staff of the production offices, of the preparation activities, of the set must receive specific
training on the use of PPE and rules of social distancing. This activity should preferably be developed
remotely (for example webinars or resources already available online) where possible and not through
face to face courses, at least within the limits set out in Legislative Decree 81/08.
A commitment is required to responsibly comply with all provisions to address and contain
the spread of the Covid-19 virus in and outside workplaces.
PART ONE: SPECIFIC RULES FOR PRODUCTION OFFICES / PREPARATION OF
PRODUCTION ACTIVITIES
The activities are organized as follows:
1. General hygiene rules
The following hygiene standards must be maintained in the production offices / preparation rooms
• Make available hydroalcoholic solutions for hand washing.
• Avoid hugs and handshakes.
• Maintaining an interpersonal distance of at least one meter or, where necessary, use of masks
and / or PPE as indicated by the Health Authority.
• Respiratory hygiene (sneezing and / or coughing in a handkerchief (disposable) avoiding contact
of the hands with respiratory secretions).
• Avoid sharing of bottles and glasses.
• Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands.
• Cover your mouth and nose if you sneeze or cough.
• Clean the surfaces daily with chlorine or alcohol based disinfectants.
• Avoid gatherings in common areas (for example in the canteen or other break areas).
• Eat meals keeping a distance of at least one meter.
• Avoid meetings unless strictly necessary. In case it is necessary to hold a meeting, keep a
distance of at least one meter between the participants and / or PPE as indicated by the Health
Authority
2. Use of DPs
• Adequate PPE must be provided to staff. These include:
o surgical masks;
o disposable gloves.
• The use of specific PPE, as indicated by the Health Authority, is mandatory if situations of close
contact occur and it is not possible to maintain an interpersonal distance of at least one
meter.
• The use of disposable gloves is mandatory in specific contexts, such as personnel in charge of
cleaning rooms or catering or in the use of shared objects, such as work tools.
• Disposable gloves must be changed whenever they get dirty and properly disposed of in
unsorted municipal waste.
• Disposable gloves should be changed whenever they come in contact with the mouth, nose and
eyes.
• It is absolutely advisable to use contact tracing apps ("immune" apps or apps recommended by
regional authorities).
3. Indoor environment management and sanitization of spaces
For the management of indoor environments, refer to the document produced by the ISS and available
at https://www.iss.it/documents/20126/0/Rapporto+ISS+COVID-19+n.+20_2020.pdf/2877483a -49cf9e41-a173-03e9ab18f00e? T = 1589185558757 .
We guarantee:
• a good exchange of air in all environments where workstations and staff are present, opening the
various openings more frequently: windows and balconies.
• Daily cleaning of the most frequently touched surfaces (eg doors, handles, windows, glass,
tables, light switches, toilets, taps, sinks, desks, chairs, passenger handles, keys, keyboards,
remote controls, printers, vending machines ) by using soap and water and / or with 75%
ethyl alcohol and subsequently with a 0.5% diluted sodium hypochlorite solution.
• In buildings equipped with specific ventilation systems (Controlled Mechanical Ventilation,
CMV) that move air through a motor / fan and allow the exchange of the air of a building
with the outside, it is advisable to keep active the input and extraction of the air 24 hours a
day, 7 days a week (possibly with a decrease in ventilation rates during the night when the
building is not used).
• In buildings equipped with specific ventilation systems (Controlled Mechanical Ventilation), the
air recirculation function must be totally eliminated to avoid the possible transport of
pathogens.
• The sanitization of the rooms must be carried out every time a SARS-COV2 test shows positive
has for a person who has had access to the rooms (internal or external workers), in the last 9
days, upon the first use of the environment, and carried out periodically based on the type of
location.
4. Outdoor environment management
• No specific indications are required for the management of outdoor environments, nor is
sanitization procedure necessary, unless specific different needs are required. Mobile vehicles
are considered indoor environments.
• It is however advisable to carry out daily cleaning of the most frequently touched surfaces (for
example tables, furniture, toilets) by using water and soap and / or with 75% ethyl alcohol
and subsequently with a diluted 0.5% sodium hypochlorite solution.
5. Symptomatology - Personal
• The presence of a body CT> 37.5, as well as the presence of symptoms compatible with
COVID-19 (cough, fever, flu symptoms) must preclude access to the offices and other
interested environments.
• The detection of fever or symptoms compatible with COVID-19 in a staff member must lead,
where possible and according to the procedures laid down by the health authority, to the
execution of a SARS-COV2 test and isolation of the person with symptoms awaiting the
result of the swab, as per the instructions of the Health Authority.
• Reintegration into service is to be assessed on a case-by-case basis by the competent company
doctor.
6. Swabs
The assessment of whether to perform swabs for SARS-COV2 should only be reserved to the competent
medical staff and must follow the ministerial indications issued by the ISS . In general, the execution of
the swabs must be reserved for personnel who:
• Have had close contact (see definition above) with a person with COVID-19 in the past 14
days.
• Have had close contact in the past 14 days with a person with COVID-19 compatible symptoms
who has not performed SARS-COV2 swab.
• Have contracted COVID-19 infection documented by swab and have no confirmation by the
health laboratory of recovery (negativite swab for SARS-COV2 repeated after 24 hours).
• Presents or has had COVID-19 compatible symptoms in the past 14 days and has no
documentation of SARS-COV2 negative swab.
7. External access
• Access by external persons must be limited to cases of absolute necessity.
• Prerequisites for access by external persons must be their certification to the effect that they
have not presented symptoms compatible with COVID-19 in the last 14 days and that they
have not had close contacts in the last 14 days with a person with COVID-19 as well as
measuring body temperature.
8. Canteen and common spaces
• Access to common spaces, including company canteens, must be organized with the provision
of continuous ventilation of the premises, a reduced stationary time within these spaces and
with the maintenance of the safety distance of one meter among the people therein.
• Periodic sanitisation and daily cleaning must be guaranteed with special detergents in the
canteen rooms, on the keyboards of the drink and snack dispensers.
• Buffet consumption of food or drinks is never allowed.
9. Transportation of materials
• The personnel responsible for the transport of the material is to be considered in all respects as
the other operators of the office / preparation / construction site activity and for this reason
must follow the recommendations contained in this part of the document.
10. Procedure to be followed in the event of symptoms or positivity to a staff member's swab
• The presence of COVID-19 compatible symptoms (fever, cough or flu-like symptoms) in a staff
member should lead to:
o preclude access to the workplace for that person;
o and according to the procedures laid down by the health authority, performing a
SARS-COV2 swab and isolating the person with symptoms pending the outcome of the
swab.
• Positivity to the SARS-COV2 swab in a staff member should lead to:
o preclude access to the workplace for that person;
o fiduciary isolation;
o execution of swabs for all those in close contact (see definition above);
o preclude access to work environments from close contacts pending the result of
the swab;
o sanitizing of offices and all indoor work environments;
• reintegration will be possible upon recovery (negative swab for SARS-COV2 repeated after 24
hours).
• If a member of staff is in close contact (contact with a person positive to COVID-19 in the last
14 days) it is advisable to:
o preclude access to the workplace for that person;
o execution of swab for SARS-COV2 and isolation.
11. Competent company doctor
The competent company doctor, in consultation with the 'Committee for the application and verification
of the rules of the regulatory protocol', has the following functions:
• Ensure the execution of the training activity referred to in the premise, which will be
handled by the Covid manager;
• Ensure compliance with the spacing procedures, use of PPE, isolation and testing of
suspects as provided for in this document, activities that will be carried out by the Covid
Manager;
• Manage symptomatic or positive cases for COVID-19;
• Authorize the reintegration into the workplace of personnel with symptoms compatible
with COVID-19 or with previous COVID-19 infection (prolonged absence);
• inform / train workers on the risk of contagion from SARS-CoV-2 and on the
precautions put in place by the company.
SECOND PART: SPECIFIC RULES FOR SET / TROUPE / ACTORS AND EXTRAS
The activities are organized as follows:
1. Staff training
In addition to the general training for all staff, direct and individual training to staff and artists who
present difficulties in the use of PPE may be performed on the set by the staff designated by the
Committee for the application and verification of the rules of the protocol of regulation 'present at the
time of filming, at least within the limits of Legislative Decree 81/08.
The use of contact tracing apps , such as the "Immuni" app, when available, is strongly recommended .
2. General hygiene rules
On the set it is necessary to maintain the following hygiene rules:
• Make available hydroalcoholic solutions for hand washing.
• Avoid hugs and handshakes.
• Maintenance of the interpersonal distance of at least one meter and use of masks as per the
disposition of the Health Authority.
• Respiratory hygiene (sneezing and/or coughing in a handkerchief avoiding hand contact with
respiratory secretions).
• Avoid the sharing of bottles and glasses.
• Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands.
• Cover your mouth and nose if you sneeze or cough.
• Clean the surfaces daily with chlorine or alcohol based disinfectants.
• Avoid gatherings in common areas (for example the canteen and common areas).
• Eat meals keeping a distance of at least one meter.
3. Use of PPE
The staff must be provided with adequate PPE, based on the specificity of their work, in addition to the
provisions of Legislative Decree 81/08 and according to the indications specified below.
If the work requires an interpersonal distance of less than one meter, it is necessary to use masks and / or
other PPE compliant with the provisions of the scientific and health authorities
• The use of surgical masks on the set is mandatory.
• The use of disposable gloves is reserved for specific contexts, such as cleaning or catering staff or in
the use of shared objects, such as work tools.
• Disposable gloves must be changed every time they get dirty and properly disposed of in unsorted
municipal waste.
• Disposable gloves should be changed whenever they come in contact with the mouth, nose and
eyes.
• The safety gloves, intended for particular activities, will be sanitized daily, and whenever they come
into contact with the eyes, nose and mouth.
• The use of disposable gloves and FFP2 / FFP3 masks and face shields is mandatory in the case of
professionals for whom close contact, in particular with the cast, is connected to the performance
itself (make-up artists, hairdressers, microphones), costume assistants, seamstresses, set makers
etc.). Any further provisions that may be issued by the Health Authorities will be
implemented.
• Work activities and/or preparations on the cast that cannot be carried out with the use of gloves will
be reduced to a minimum and will be carried out with the due hygienic safety measures according
to the current indications of the Health Authority.
• All disposable PPE must be properly disposed of in unsorted waste after use.
4. Indoor environment management and set sanitization
For the management of indoor environments, refer to the document produced by the ISS and available at
https://www.iss.it/documents/20126/0/Rapporto+ISS+COVID-19+n.+5_2020+indoor.pdf
To be ensured:
• good air exchange in all environments where workstations and personnel are present by opening the
various openings more frequently: windows and balconies. The change of air must take into
account the number of workers present, the type of activity carried out and the length of stay in
the workplace. During the natural exchange of air, it is advisable to avoid creating uncomfortable
/ discomfort conditions (drafts or excessive cold / heat) for staff in the workplace.
• Daily cleaning of the most frequently touched surfaces (eg doors, handles, windows, glass, tables,
light switches, toilets, taps, sinks, desks, chairs, passenger handles, keys, keyboards, remote
controls, printers, vending machines ) by using soap and water and / or with 75% ethyl alcohol
and subsequently with a 0.5% diluted sodium hypochlorite solution.
• In buildings equipped with specific ventilation systems (Controlled Mechanical Ventilation) that
move air through a motor / fan and allow the exchange of the air of a building with the outside, it
is advisable to keep active the input and extraction of the air 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
(possibly with a decrease in ventilation rates during the night when the building is not used).
• In buildings equipped with specific ventilation systems (Controlled Mechanical Ventilation), the air
recirculation function must be totally eliminated to avoid the possible transport of pathogens.
• The sanitization of the set must be performed obligatorily:
- When first entering a room, and before shooting starts in any new room.
- At the end of the daily shooting.
- Each time COVID-19 compatible symptoms are found (cough, fever, flu symptoms) or
positivity to the SARS-COV2 swab is detected in an operator on set.
฀Outdoor set management
For the management of the outdoor sets, there are no specific indications, nor is it necessary to sanitize,
except for specific needs. Mobile vehicles are considered indoor environments.
• It is however advisable to carry out daily cleaning of the most frequently touched surfaces (for
example tables, furniture, toilets) by using water and soap and / or with 75% ethyl alcohol and
subsequently with a diluted 0.5% sodium hypochlorite solution.
• The semi-closed positions, "gazebo video village, etc." must be sanitized daily.
฀Personnel and cast transportation
• Staff are advised to use their own vehicles.
• The number of individuals transported on common means must allow the maintenance of adequate
distance between people,
• The transport of the main cast will be carried out with means that are the exclusive use of the
production.
• It is recommended that all the artistic cast use transportation means that guarantee maximum
safety. If this is not possible, the production will evaluate specific intervention methods.
• The drivers, being an integral part of the crew, will have to follow the same protocol.
• The vehicles must be sanitized after each transport.
7. Catering
• Workers will have to keep the spacing of at least one meter during breaks.
• Multiple craft and catering workstations must be set up, both for the distribution of food and for
their consumption, distinct between cast, crew and extras. If necessary, alternate breaks will be
applied.
• The catering areas must be sanitized daily and the cleaning of the premises and the keyboards of the
drink and snack vending machines must be guaranteed.
• Disposable compostable plates and cutlery and pre-portioned meals must be used.
• The buffet consumption of food or drinks is never allowed.
8. Relations with suppliers
• In order to reduce the possibility of contact with the staff, access to external suppliers must be
regulated by identifying ad hoc procedures for each location.
• the drivers of the means of transport must remain within the means of transport or in their
immediate vicinity.
• Delivery must take place in a filter area.
• The transported material must be sanitized before use.
• Employees who must go to the suppliers' premises must use the standard PPE. Disposable gloves
will need to be replaced before entering the set.
9. Stage costumes
In order to limit the risk of transmission of the infection, the stage costumes will be individual and not
shared by the individual actors / extras, until they have been sanitized.
10. Makeup and hairstyle tools, microphones, scene materials and props.
In order to limit the risk of transmission of the infection it is necessary that the tools used to make up,
heir-do and mike the actors are disposable or for the exclusive use of the individual components of the
cast or sanitized after each use and at the end of the day.
11. Specific provisions for the cast
The actors on stage who cannot operate in compliance with the safety distances established by the
Government and the Health Authorities, as reported in the DVR assessed and approved in advance by the
competent doctor, before the start of filming, based on the specificity of the project and / or
the characteristics of the scenes:
• will undergo the most reliable scientific tests to ascertain the health conditions, to exclude the
positivity to COVID-19, immediately before the beginning of the filming that concern them.
• will repeat these tests at least weekly, even in the absence of symptoms.
• undertake to respect responsibly all measures to address and contain the spread of the Covid-19
virus in and outside workplaces.
12. Interactions between actors and staff
• The actors must have a fitting room or a suitable space, for exclusive use, to be used during the
work breaks and as a dressing room. This space will be sanitized every time it is destined for a
different actor.
• The actors must use appropriate masks when not on stage, or not engaged in make-up or hairstyle
activities.
• The actors on stage and the crew members will have to keep a safe distance during the acting. These
distances should also be maintained between the actors themselves, where possible.
13. Extras on set
Scenes involving the use of extras, if they too are unable to use personal protective equipment, must be
reduced to the minimum necessary.
In scenes where the use of extras is essential, all precautions will be taken:
• where possible, they must go to the set ready for filming, without interaction with the costume,
make-up and hairstyle departments.
• When on stage, the safety distance between extras, between extras and actors, between extras and
the crew must always be respected, where possible.
• If scenes are foreseen in which it is not possible to guarantee the safety distance between the extras,
or between the extras and the cast, preventive tests will be provided for the extras involved, in
order to verify any positivity to Covid-19.
• When not on stage, they must respect the same security protocol as the crew members.
14. Personal control on the set
• It is advisable to check the CT daily at entry and exit of the personnel on the set by using a thermoscanner.
• The presence of a body CT> 37.5, as well as the presence of symptoms compatible with COVID-19
(cough, fever, flu symptoms) must preclude access to the set.
• The finding of fever or symptoms compatible with COVID-19 in a staff member on the set should
lead to:
- preclude access to the set of the person in question
- execution of a SARS-COV2 swab and isolation of the person with symptoms pending the
outcome of the swab;
- sanitization of the set.
• The recommendations of the point above are to be considered applicable also in the situation in
which the symptoms are developed at home.
15. Personal evaluation set before shooting
• The competent doctor will apply the indications of the Health Authorities.
• The competent doctor, in consideration of his role in risk assessment and health monitoring,
may suggest the adoption of any diagnostic means if deemed useful in order to contain
the spread of the virus and the health of workers.
• The competent doctor will make communications to the company regarding the suitability
for the specific task.
• The competent doctor will make other communications that are mandatory to the competent
bodies.
• The execution of swabs must follow the recommendations of the Health Authority and must be
reserved primarily for personnel who:
oHave had close contact (see definition above) with a person with COVID-19 in the past
14 days;
oHave had close contact in the past 14 days with a person with COVID-19 compatible
symptoms who has not performed the SARS-COV2 swab;
oHave contracted COVID-19 infection documented by swab and have no laboratory
confirmation of successful recovery (negative swab for SARS-COV2 repeated after 24
hours);
oHave or have had COVID-19 compatible symptoms in the past 14 days and do not have
documentation of SARS-COV2 negative swab.
• In case of availability and authorization by the Health Authority, the execution of swabs will be
extended as preventive assessment of the personnel on the set even in the absence of the conditions
mentioned above. This evaluation will be repeated weekly.
• Furthermore, in the presence of serological tests certified as reliable, their execution is
recommended for the staff on the set and its repetition at least every fortnight.
16. Procedure in case of symptoms or positivity to the swab of a member of the set staff
The presence of COVID-19 compatible symptoms (fever, cough or flu-like symptoms) in a person
operating on set should lead to:
• preclude access to the set of that person;
• execution of SARS-COV2 swab and isolation of the person with symptoms pending the outcome
of the swab;
• sanitization of the set;
• the positivity to the swab for SARS-COV2 in a person operating on the set must lead to
preclude access to the set of that person;
• execution of swabs for all those in close contact (see definition above);
• preclude access to the set by close contacts pending the result of the swab;
• sanitization of the set;
• reintegration into the staff will be possible after recovery (negative swab for SARS-COV2
repeated after 24 hours);
If one of the people working on the set is in close contact (contact occurred outside the set), it is advisable
to:
• preclude access to the set of that person;
• execution of swab for SARS-COV2 and isolation.
17. Competent company doctor
The company doctor in consultation with the 'Committee for the application and verification of the rules
of the regulatory protocol' has the following functions:
• Ensure the execution of the training activity referred to in point 1, which will be supervised by the
Covid Manager;
• Ensure compliance with the spacing procedures, use of PPE (activities that will be carried out by
the Covid Manager) isolation and testing of suspects as provided for in this document;
• Manage symptomatic or positive cases for COVID-19;
• Authorize the reintegration into the workplace of personnel with symptoms compatible with
COVID-19 or with previous COVID-19 infection (prolonged absence).
18. DVR, Training
For the purposes of the realization of the DVR for any specific department that could occur in the
different processing stages, the summary tables for the various processing stages are attached to this
document.
For any more complex processes, the preparation of specific department protocols is recommended.
Rome, May 27, 2020
Signatories adherent

The following information was submitted on March 19, 2020 by the Roma Lazio Film Commission.

Contact:
Tina Bianchi

bianchi@romalaziofilmcommission.it
3464968920
http://www.romalaziofilmcommission.it/

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
Yes

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
www.esteri.it

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
Entire Italy

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
Yes, 3 meters between each other. Max 4 people in one room

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
All the areas

The following information was submitted on March 23, 2020 by the Malta Film Commission

Contact:

Julian Guillaumier
julian.guillaumier@mfc.com.mt
+356 9967 4157

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
No.

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
The Government of Malta, through the responsible authority Transport Malta, has announced the decision to suspend all inbound flights until further notice.

The suspension comes into effect as from Saturday 21st March 2020 at 1am.

Persons entering Malta from any country in the world have to go into mandatory quarantine for 14 days, and will now be liable to a fine of 3000 euro for each breach of this obligation.

The Government will keep following COVID-19 updates hour by hour and take the necessary measures to restrict the spread of Coronavirus in Malta.
Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
Yes, as above.

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
The limits imposed for mass congregations currently stands at 2,000 people for outdoors and 750 people for indoors.

The Government  however, has imposed the closure of places open to the public as per the legal notice attached below.

http://www.justiceservices.gov.mt/DownloadDocument.aspx?app=lp&itemid=30003&l=1

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
The Government has imposed the closure of places open to the public, therefore various locations will be temporarily closed and shut down to filming.

The Malta Film Commission can assist in contacting any locations so as to check the current status of operation and/or restriction.
Is there any additional information you wish to provide, that may be useful to productions?
For the latest updates relating to COVID-19 in Malta, you may access the following link: https://covid19malta.info/

The following update was submitted on June 22, 2020 by the Netherlands Film Commission.

Contact:
Bas van der Ree
bas@filmcommission.nl

For the tales protocols for filming in the Netherlands, please see the following links:

Netherlands Covid-19 Protocol for the Audiovisual Sector: https://producentenalliantie.nl/siteAssets/images/0/2._20200529_COVID_19_Protocol_AV_sector_v2.0_PROTOCOL_ENG_def.pdf

Indicative Risk Assessment Table:  https://producentenalliantie.nl/siteAssets/images/0/3._20200529_COVID_19_Protocol_AV_sector_v2.0_ANNEX_ENG_Risk_assessment_table_def.pdf

Toolkit Version 2.1  https://producentenalliantie.nl/siteAssets/images/0/TOOLKIT_COVID_19_audiovisuele_sector_versie_2.1_ENGELS.pdf

 

 

 

The following update was submitted on April 22, 2020 by the Netherlands Film Commission.

Contact:
Bas van der Ree
bas@filmcommission.nl

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
As of March 16, 2020, gatherings and events in public are strictly prohibited in the Netherlands until May 19.

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country? 
The Netherlands and Schengen Area closed its borders to persons from outside Europe traveling for non-essential purposes until May 14.  KLM reduced worldwide flying activities by more than 75%  https://www.government.nl/

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
Travel restrictions are in place:

  • life-saving  and crucial professions may travel
  • people who cannot work at home and absolutely need to work outside such as hospitals, public services, cleaners and factories, etc. are allowed to travel. Social distancing: 1,5 meter (5 feet)
  • One may travel, but non-essential traveling is asked to not be done.

Urgent governmental request: STAY AT HOME!

https://www.government.nl/

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?

  • A maximum of three visitors are allowed in homes;
  • A maximum of two people are allowed in the public space;
  • Supermarkets and shops (that currently remain open) have guidelines of how many people may enter at once;
  • Physical distancing is is: 1,5 meter (5 feet)
  • Restaurants, cafés, museums, theaters and concert halls are closed. are closed.
  • Get updates at: https://www.government.nl/

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
n.a.

Additional Information
When close to other people, you can either be infected or infect others.
STAY SAFE and KEEP DISTANCE!

The following update was submitted on July 28, 2020 2020 by the
Western Norway Film Commission.

Contact:
Sigmund Elias Holm
sigmund@wnfc.no
+47 9714 9153

http://www.wnfc.no/

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
No
Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
Public events in public places are limited to 200 people. A new assessment will be made before September 1st, possibly lifting the maximum to 500 people.
Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
No
Additional Information:

 

The following update was submitted on April 27, 2020 by the
Western Norway Film Commission.

Contact:
Sigmund Elias Holm
sigmund@wnfc.no
+47 9714 9153

http://www.wnfc.no/

Norway now cautiously resumes local production. The official Covid-19 guidelines to film production in Norway can be accessed at the link below, developed by the Film Industry Council (which consists of the Virke Norwegian Producers’ Association, the Norwegian Filmmakers' Association, the Directors Guild of Norway, the Writers Guild of Norway, and the Norwegian Actors' Equity Association).

https://www.virke.no/bransjer/produsentforeningen/guide/

The following update was submitted on May 19, 2020 by the Moscow Film Commission

Contact:

Svetlana Maximchenko, CEO Moskino, Moscow Film Commission

filmmoscow@mos-kino.ru

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?

Due to the threat of spread of coronavirus infection in Russia, the high-alert regime has been extended until May 31, 2020 on the territory of the Moscow city. Film production is still prohibited. Also there is a ban on holding cultural, sports and other mass events. Since April 15, 2020 it is forbidden to use public transport without a special pass issued by the Moscow government. 

Official documents:

Decree of the Mayor of Moscow dated May 7, 2020 № 55-UM. The filming process in Moscow has been suspended in accordance with paragraph 5 of Annex 4 of the Decree.

https://www.mos.ru/upload/documents/docs/55-YM(7).pdf

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?Russian borders are currently closed from March 30, 2020.

The external borders are closed and it is relevant for all international flights, road transport (railway, automobile), shipping. It is allowed to enter the country only for people with diplomatic passports. There is a compulsory 14 days quarantine for those who come back to the country. 

Official document:

http://static.government.ru/media/files/uPySAqzA9AV39jD1h71za3OR9esIxlDj.pdf

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction? 

It is forbidden to go outside without special needs (taking out garbage, buying food, medical supplies).

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?

It is allowed to go no further than 100 meters from home. Also, there are restrictions concerning the minimal distance that should be kept between individuals when outside - 1.5 meters.

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming (if production is shut down, you need not answer this question).

The audiovisual production in the country is currently suspended.

In Russia, recommendations for the resumption of filming have been developed. Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing, together with the Association of Film and Television Producers have prepared a list of measures where the "principle of the group cell" becomes the main principle of work. Thus, contacts between workshops and departments that are not connected by common tasks and production processes are limited. Also among the measures - limitation of extras, daily temperature control and increased attention to the disinfection of the set.

A full list of recommendations is available on the website of the Moscow Film Commission http://filmmoscow.ru/

The decision of the possible time to resume filming in Moscow will be made later.

The information immediately below was provided on April 16, 2020 by Moscow Film Commission.

Contact:

Svetlana Maximchenko, CEO, Moskino, Moscow Film Commission

filmmoscow@mos-kino.ru

7 495-951-94 20

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
Film production is not prohibited but as there is a ban on holding cultural, sports and other mass events in Moscow until May 1, 2020. Since April 15, 2020 it is forbidden to use public transport without a special pass issued by the Moscow government.
Official documents:
Decree of the President of the Russian Federation of 02.04.2020 N 239 "On measures to ensure the sanitary and epidemiological well-being of the population on the territory of the Russian Federation in connection with the spread of a new coronavirus infection (COVID-19)"
http://www.consultant.ru/document/cons_doc_LAW_349217/
Decree of the Mayor of Moscow dated April 10, 2020 No. 42-YM https://www.mos.ru/upload/documents/docs/42-YM(4).pdf

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
Russian borders are currently closed from March 30, 2020.
The external borders are closed and it is relevant for all international flights, road transport (railway, automobile), shipping. It is allowed to enter the country only for people with diplomatic passports. There is a compulsory 14 days quarantine for those who come back to the country.
Official document:
http://static.government.ru/media/files/uPySAqzA9AV39jD1h71za3OR9esIxlDj.pdf

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
It is forbidden to go outside without special needs (taking out garbage, buying food, medical supplies).

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
It is allowed to go no further than 100 meters from home. Also, there are restrictions concerning the minimal distance that should be kept between individuals when outside - 1.5 meters.

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
The audiovisual production in the country is currently suspended.

The following update was submitted on May 21, 2020 by the Polish Film Institute / Polish Film Institute

Contact:
Anna E. Dziedzic
+48663499799
dziedzic@filmcommissionpoland.pl

http://www.filmcommissionpoland.pl

The guidelines for the safe shooting has been published by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (https://www.gov.pl/web/kultura/plany-filmowe), the English version is available on the website of the Polish Film Institute:
https://pisf.pl/en/aktualnosci/new-safety-rules-on-the-film-set/

The following update was provided on May 15th, 2020 by the Polish Film Institute / Polish Film Institute

Film Commission Poland / Polish Film Institute
Contact:
Anna E. Dziedzic
+48663499799
dziedzic@filmcommissionpoland.pl

http://www.filmcommissionpoland.pl

The film production in Poland will be resumed with safety precautions from 18th May. On resuming film sets it is recommended that all team members work in facemasks, as long as this does not prevent them from effectively performing their tasks and duties. Exceptions include actors due to their characterization and hairstyles - in this case, it is recommended that they maintain distance from other crew members. It is also recommended to limit the number of people on the set depending on the nature of the shooting day and to arrange the crew in such a way as not to create larger clusters, for example by separating particular zones.

The more detailed safety guidelines will be published soon, please follow the website of the Polish Film Institute, the main funding body in the country, for updates: www.pisf.pl

Also drive-in and outdoor cinemas can operate from 18th of May while maintaining social distance. Regular cinemas remain closed.

Restrictions still in place:

- international flights: suspended until 23rd May
- international rail: suspended until further notice
- ban on gatherings and events: until further notice
* excluding workplace, however, employees will have to provide additional security measures to their employees
- obligation to cover the mouth and nose in public places: until further notice
- when outside 2 meters is a minimum distance between pedestrians: until further notice
- crossing Polish borders by foreigners: suspended until 12th June, cargo transport operates as usual.

Government website with temporary limitations in English: https://www.gov.pl/web/coronavirus/temporary-limitations

The information immediately below was provided on March 30, 2020 by Polish Film Institute / Polish Film Institute

Film Commission Poland / Polish Film Institute
Contact:
Anna E. Dziedzic
+48663499799
dziedzic@filmcommissionpoland.pl

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?

Film production is not prohibited but as there's a ban on gatherings bigger than 2 people it is practically impossible.

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
Polish borders are currently closed (from 15th March at least until 13th April with a possible extension). There are no international flights. There's a compulsory 14 days quarantine for those who come back to the country. Cargo transport works normally. https://www.gov.pl/web/coronavirus/travel

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
All individuals shall stay home, commuting to work and travelling is allowed only if necessary (like a medical appointment, helping elders, work which cannot be done from home, grocery shopping).

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
There's a ban on gatherings bigger than 2 people. Also, there are restrictions concerning the minimal distance that should be kept between individuals when outside - 2 metres, in the office - at least 1,5 metres.

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming (if production is shut down, you need not answer this question).
The audiovisual production in the country is currently suspended.

Additional Information
There will be changes (currently proceeded) in the cash rebate scheme due to coronavirus outbreak. Please check the www.pisf.pl and www.filmcommissionpoland.pl for the updates.

The following information was submitted on May 13, 2020 by the Portugal Film Commission.

Contact:

Manuel Claro, Film Commissioner

Manuel.Claro@portugalfilmcommission.com

The Portugal Film Commission, in the context of the current pandemic situation of COVID-19, based on the recommendations of the Portuguese Directorate-General for Health (DGS), and in collaboration with the Portuguese Film and Audiovisual Institute and with the national producers associations, published a manual with basic guidelines to help all those who plan, work or participate in filming in Portugal.

This manual can be consulted at: http://picportugal.com/en/news-3/139-covid-19-guidelines-for-filming-in-portugal-covid-19-orientacoes-para-filmar-em-portugal .html

The following update was submitted on April 27, 2020 by the Slovak Film Commission

Contact:
Zuzana Bielikova
Film Commissioner
zuzana.bielikova@filmcommission.sk
+421 905 360 033

Artists have been given an exception from wearing masks - as of May 11th, 2020 the film production can continue.

New regulations of the Public Health Authority regarding wearing face-masks for performing artists:

Artists have been given an exception from wearing masks. They do not have to wear them while recording an audiovisual piece or when producing a programme, and when performing. It is necessary to observe certain measures, though. This includes:

having a negative PCR test for the coronavirus that is no older than four days, and if the performance continues, having the same test done once every 14 days;
keeping at least 2-metre distance between artists and other people present; the distance does not have to be kept between artists;
ensure hand disinfection for artists and other people present during the artistic activity;
ensure the regular disinfection of the premises where the artistic activity is performed and, if held indoors, ensure regular ventilation;
prevent people with a body temperature higher than 37 degrees Celsius or other coronavirus symptoms from entering the premises.

The costs incurred and covered in connection with the respective regulations of the Public Health Authority will be considered eligible costs within the realization of projects by Audiovisual Fund.

See:

AVproduction_SKguidelinesSARSprotection_EN_May5_2020.pdf

The following update was provided on April 27th, 2020, by Slovak Film Commission

Contact:
Zuzana Bielikova
Film Commissioner
zuzana.bielikova@filmcommission.sk
+421 905 360 033

While the country is in lockdown, our office continues to work and is ready to assist you:

  • Our incentives programme is running without interruptionand we encourage the producers to keep on registering upcoming projects as the Slovak Audiovisual Fund continues to accept  the applications,
  • Cash rebate is being paid without any delays,
  • Slovak Audiovisual Fund does not foresee lowering the cash rebate in any near future which was also confirmed in the new government's program statement which emphasized the need to continue attracting foreign film investors to film in Slovakia,
  • Our location managers are ready to offer online location scoutingso you can continue or start your preparations for your films, TV series or commercials!

Don’t wait until the borders will be open again and register for the 33% cash rebate on expenses spent on film or TV production in Slovakia.

There was declared the state of emergency in Slovakia on March 11th and strict measures were taken to avoid the spread of COVID-19. However, filming is not banned, so after the government introduced a plan for lifting the lock down, filmmakers have started filming smaller projects and preparing for the bigger ones under strict hygienic restrictions (wearing protective face masks on set, hand disinfection, social distancing between the crew memebers, disinfection of the set and equipment, etc.).

We believe that thanks to a good response to the applied rules and good health care in Slovakia, we will be able to continue controlling the virus and thus getting back to normal sooner than expected. We are looking forward welcoming you back to Slovakia with your exciting projects very soon!

The information immediately below was provided on March 30, 2020 by Slovak Film Commission

Contact:
Zuzana Bielikova
Film Commissioner
zuzana.bielikova@filmcommission.sk
+421 905 360 033

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
no

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
Yes, People with a permanent or temporary domicile in the Slovak Republic who return to Slovakia from abroad will be obliged to remain in quarantine for 14 days
https://www.mzv.sk/web/en/news/current_issues/-/asset_publisher/lrJ2tDuQdEKp/content/opatrenia-na-zamedzenie-sirenia-ochorenia-covid-19-v-sr/10182?p_p_auth=fLk3Pf0q&_101_INSTANCE_lrJ2tDuQdEKp_redirect=%2Fweb%2Fen

http://www.uvzsr.sk/en/index.php/documents/34-public-order-announcing-issuance-of-decision-on-direction-of-the-measure-on-prevention-of-origination-and-spread-of-communicable-disease-covid-19

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
Yes.
https://www.mzv.sk/web/en/news/current_issues/-/asset_publisher/lrJ2tDuQdEKp/content/opatrenia-na-zamedzenie-sirenia-ochorenia-covid-19-v-sr/10182?p_p_auth=fLk3Pf0q&_101_INSTANCE_lrJ2tDuQdEKp_redirect=%2Fweb%2Fen

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
no

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
yes, almost all that governed by state officialities (castles, parks, mansions, museums, etc.)

The following information was submitted on May 29, 2020 by the City of Madrid Film Office.

Contact:

Victor Aertsen, Communications

comunicacion@cityofmadridfilm.com

+34 913 184 567

https://cityofmadridfilmoffice.com/

The government’s de-escalation plan allows shootings to resume since phase one. Roughly half of the country turned to phase one on May 11th and since May 25th all regions have progressed to that stage, including major cities such as Madrid and Barcelona.

SECURITY AND HEALTH MEASURES
All shootings have to conform to the security and health measures compiled in Order SND/399/2020. Chapter 10 sets out the conditions that must be borne in mind when carrying out any audiovisual production. Read it in Spanish here: https://www.boe.es/buscar/doc.php?id=BOE-A-2020-4911

Spain's Film Institute (ICAA) has published a guide of Good Practices with special Health and Safety measures for the audiovisual sector during the COVID-19 crisis, revised by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (INSST) and made in collaboration with associations of the sector. Read it in Spanish here: http://www.culturaydeporte.gob.es/dam/jcr:223c5bc7-ee65-4759-a99f-7f052c187366/gui-a-de-buenas-practicas-producciones-rodajes.pdf

Among these associations is the Spain Film Commission, which has also published a document of measures and recommendations for safe filming. Available in English here: http://shootinginspain.info/en/good-practices-guide-safe-shootings

TRAVELLING TO SPAIN
Non-essential travel to Spain is heavily restricted, but exceptions are made for cross-border workers and individuals who can prove an essential reason to travel. Until the end of the state of alarm, international travellers have to keep a 14-day self-quarantine once arrived to Spain, as pointed out by Order INT/409/2020. Read it in Spanish here: https://www.boe.es/boe/dias/2020/05/15/pdfs/BOE-A-2020-5053.pdf

NEW TAX REBATE
As part of a relief package to support Spain’s cultural industries after the coronavirus crisis, the Government has also powered up the tax incentives for foreign shoots.

The rebate rate has edged up five to 30% for the first €1 million ($1.08 million) of local spend and 25% thereafter. The cap for the total tax rebate on one shoot has also been raised to €10 million ($10.9 million). The minimum amount of spend needed to be eligible is €1 million, but for post-production and animation has been lowered to €200,000 ($216,000). The tax incentive has to be plowed through a Spanish-tax-paying service company.

Read it in English here: http://shootinginspain.info/en/international-shootings

MORE INFORMATION
• Spain Film Commission: http://shootinginspain.info/en/safety-shootings-covid19
• City of Madrid Film Office: https://cityofmadridfilmoffice.com/informacion-covid-19/

The following information was submitted on March 19, 2020 by the Santiago Film Commission.

Contact:

Dimas González
(+34) 981 580 499
http://santiagodecompostelafilm.com

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
Yes

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
Yes. Spain is in complete lockdown.
https://www.boe.es/eli/es/rd/2020/03/14/463/con

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction? Yes
https://www.boe.es/eli/es/rd/2020/03/14/463/con

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
yes
https://www.boe.es/eli/es/rd/2020/03/14/463/con

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
All
Additional Information
Complete lockdown.

The following information was submitted on June 3, 2020 by the Valencia Film Commission.

Contact:

Pepa Jorda, Film Commissioner

valenciafilmoffice@visitvalencia.com

0034963390390

http://www.valenciafilmoffice.org

Filming in public streets and beaches are permitted, and also with minors.
Flight connections will start July 1st.
https://www.visitvalencia.com/en/valencia-changes-phase-2-state-alarm

 

The following information was submitted on March 19, 2020 by the Southern Sweden Film Commission.

Contact:
Mikael Svensson
mikael@filmiskane.se
+46707163202
https://filmiskane.se/

 

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
No

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
Yes into Europe but not within Europe.

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
Public employees are not allowed to travel outside my region. Includes the film commission.

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
Right now more than 500.

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
No

The following update was submitted November 24th, 2020, 2020 by the British Film Commission.

Contact:

Sorrel Geddes, SVP

sorrel.geddes@britishfilmcommission.org

310-843-2909

http://britishfilmcommission.org.uk

 

Covid 19 safe shooting protocols and safety guidelines are changing nearly daily in the UK.  To obtain teh most up-to-date guidelines, please visit:  http://britishfilmcommission.org.uk/guidance/regarding-covid-19-coronavirus/ - producers are also encouraged to call the British Film Commission Office with any specific questions.

 

The following update was submitted June 2, 2020, 2020 by the British Film Commission.

Contact:

Sorrel Geddes, SVP

sorrel.geddes@britishfilmcommission.org

310-843-2909

http://britishfilmcommission.org.uk

British Film Commission – Working Safely During COVID-19 in Film and High-end TV Drama Production

This document is intended to provide high-level guidance to manage COVID-19 specific risk in producing film and high-end TV drama in the UK.

It has been prepared in consultation with the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) with input from crew and crew representatives, industry bodies, unions and the devolved administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and in consultation with Public Health England (PHE) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

This guidance should be read in conjunction with the latest UK Government guidance. Productions based in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales should additionally check for the relevant devolved Government guidance as it may differ.

Download British Film Commission – Working Safely During COVID-19 in Film and High-end TV Drama Production guidance here. http://britishfilmcommission.org.uk/guidance/regarding-covid-19-coronavirus/

For optimised viewing, please open the PDF through Adobe Acrobat Reader or Google Chrome. If you read the PDF using Safari or Apple Preview, links to certain sections of government guidance may not work but Apple Mac users can access an adapted version of the guidance here.

Current version: V.1.0 Published 1st June 2020

Always make sure you are working from the current version.

The following update was submitted April 14th, 2020 by the
British Film Commission

Contact:

The following update was submitted April 14th, 2020 by the
British Film Commission

Contact:
US based:
Kattie Kotok
EVP – US Production
kattie.kotok@britishfilmcommission.org

UK based:
Samantha Perahia MBE
Head of Production UK
samantha.perahia@britishfilmcommission.org.uk

Additional Information: 

https://www.bfi.org.uk/supporting-uk-film/covid-19-update

https://filmtvcharity.org.uk/news-event/the-coronavirus-were-here-to-help-you-think-through-your-options/

The Following update was submitted on August 19, 2020 by Film Birmingham. 

Contact:

Sindy Campbell, Head of Film Birmingham

sindy.campbell@birmingham.gov.uk

+447812 003696

The British Film Commission have published their 44-page report with detailed guidance on filming in the UK, ‘Working Safely During COVID-19 in Film and High-end TV Drama Production’ – greenlit by the government,

You may view the guidelines here:

britishfilmcommissionworkingsafelyduringcovid19infilmandhigh..._827374.pdf

 

The Following update was submitted on June 2, 2020 by Film Birmingham. 

Contact:

Sindy Campbell, Head of Film Birmingham

sindy.campbell@birmingham.gov.uk

+447812 003696

The British Film Commission have published their 44-page report with detailed guidance on filming in the UK, ‘Working Safely During COVID-19 in Film and High-end TV Drama Production’ – greenlit by the government,

Permitting has resumed in Birmingham & the West Midlands.

From 8th June - all travellers arriving in the UK are required to quarantine for 14 days.

britishfilmcommissionworkingsafelyduringcovid19infilmandhigh..._827374.pdf

The following update was submitted on May 27, 2020, 2020 by Film Birmingham.

Contact

Sindy Campbell, Head of Film Birmingham

sindy.campbell@birmingham.gov.uk

+447812 003696

Effective May 12th, The UK Government is allowing film & TV production to restart with social distancing guidelines.

New quarantine rules from 8th June

  • Passengers arriving in the UK by plane, ferry or train - including UK nationals - will have to provide an address where they will remain for 14 days. There is a £100 penalty for anyone found to have not filled in this ''contact locator'' form.
  • Surprise visits will be used to check they are following the rules. Those in England could be fined up to £1,000 if they fail to self-isolate, while governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can also impose penalties.
  • Passengers will be asked to drive in their own car to their destination, where possible. If they don't provide an address, the government will arrange accommodation.
  • They must then not go to work, school, or public areas, or use public transport or taxis. They should also not have any visitors unless they are providing essential support, and should not go out to buy food or other essentials where they can rely on others.

BFC is due to public the ‘Film & HETV Drama Production Guidance’ by 1st June.

For current updates, please visit: https://www.bfi.org.uk/supporting-uk-film/covid-19-update

The updated information presented below was submitted on April 18, 2020 by Film Birmingham.

Contact

Sindy Campbell, Head of Film Birmingham

sindy.campbell@birmingham.gov.uk

+447812 003696

For current updates, please visit: https://www.bfi.org.uk/supporting-uk-film/covid-19-update

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
The current governments instructions of social-distancing has caused productions to postpone or shut down. www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Are there travel restrictions coming into the country? 
No
Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?   
Yes. Stay at home - Only go outside for food, health reasons and work (but only if you cannot work from home) -If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away fom other people at all times -Wash your hands as soon as you get home Do not meet others, even friends or family. You can spread the virus even if you don't have symptoms.
Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place? 
Unless you are with members of your household, gatherings of more than two people in parks or public spaces have been banned.
Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming? 
All production has shut down.
Is there any additional information you wish to provide, that may be useful to productions? 
Film Birmingham office remains open for business (albeit working remotely from home). Please get in touch for any inquiries for West Midlands region.
Office Hours: 9:30am - 6pm Monday - Friday.

The following update was submitted on November 4, 2020 by Screen Suffolk.

Contact:

Alie Griffiths
07780-513411

Screen Suffolk is delighted to say that Suffolk is still open for TV and film productions. They have commissioned a video which details the range of locations and facilities that are available in the county, highlighting the many benefits for visiting productions.

Suffolk based Mark Aaron designed and produced the 3D animation which brings to life many of the iconic locations across the county and highlights the close proximity to London and cost-effective availability of production crew and accommodation.

Director of Screen Suffolk, Karen Everett said, “After lockdown we didn’t know how filming would work. By working in partnership with industry bodies we have ensured that any incoming production adheres to all the current regulations. Since lockdown eased for filming,  we've had a busy few months with many adverts and TV show’s choosing to film in Suffolk. We anticipate that feature films will return in the New Year as there’s a backlog of projects waiting to restart.”

Jim Horsfield - Operations & Business Development Manager at Screen Suffolk added, “There is a breadth of talent within Suffolk and this film demonstrates the quality of work that can be found in this county. We’ve been impressed with the productions that have filmed in Suffolk since the lockdown was lifted. Small productions are managing within guidelines and larger scale shoots have a dedicated COVID Supervisor who manages the shoot to ensure that it's safe for the incoming crew and local residents.”

Mark Aaron said, “It’s been a pleasure working with Screen Suffolk on this project. Suffolk has unique and varied film locations and hopefully this project shows that we have a wealth of homegrown creative skills that can rival those found in London or elsewhere.”

The Screen Suffolk film is found here: https://youtu.be/UlwIKt9xjvE and images below.

About Screen Suffolk:

Screen Suffolk is the official film office for Suffolk, representing all seven District Councils and Suffolk County Council. Screen Suffolk offers a ‘one-stop’ film service, from initial enquiry through to crew sourcing and permitting. We promote Suffolk’s film service infrastructure, creative talent and fantastic locations, all within easy reach of London. Our aim is to make Suffolk the most film-friendly county in the UK. Many notable film and TV series have been made in the county from Richard Curtis and Danny Boyle’s, Yesterday, Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield, popular BBC comedy, The Detectorists and the soon to be released on Netflix ‘The Dig’ starring Ralph Fiennes, Carey Mulligan, and Lily James.

www.screensuffolk.com

The following information was submitted on June 25, 2020 by the Bahamas Film & Television Commission.

Contact: 

Clarence Rolle, General Manager

crolle@bahamas.com

242-422-6963

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
If arriving on or after July 1, an RT-PCR Covid 19 test is still required. The test should be taken within 10 days of arrival in The Bahamas.
Before travelling to The Bahamas, crews must fill out a travel application for the Bahamas at https://travel.gov.bs/international. When the application is filled out, test results of the Covid-19 test must be uploaded. Crews must also present the original test results to Immigration officials when they arrive in The Bahamas.
Are there travel restrictions coming into the country? Restrictions on entering The Bahamas apply from June 15 to 30. During this time, travelers may only enter the country by sea or by private plane. Before traveling to The Bahamas between June 15 and June 30, passengers must take a Covid-19 RT PCR test, receiving a negative result. The results must be sent to COVID19travel@bahamas.gov.bs before traveling to the Bahamas. The results should be emails along with an application to be admitted to the country. On arrival in The Bahamas, the passenger should present the original results document. the application form may be obtained at https://www.bahamas.gov.bs/wps/wcm/connect/df55395c-36fa-4c0f-9da2-9ffc0acd5baf/COVID+TRAVEL+APPLICATION+FORM%282%29.pdf?MOD=AJPERES. Passengers arriving on or after July 1 will not need to take a Covid-19 test nor complete an application. However, travelers are expected to comply with Health workers at ports of entry who may test body temperatures or carry out some other type of screening. If a health worker deems that there is cause for a passenger to take a Covid 19 test after initial screening, the passenger is expected to comply.
Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
There are no domestic travel restrictions within The Bahamas. However, crew members ought to keep track of announced hours or business operation and/or curfews that may be enforced on given islands if deemed necessary.
Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
While there is no official limit on the number of people who may congregate in most settings, business establishments are required to allow for social distancing. As a result, various establishments will impose limits on the numbers of customers allowed at a given time based on building sizes.
Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming ?
Beaches on four islands - Bimini, Nassau, Grand Bahama, and Cat Cay - are closed. Special permission must be sought to film on beaches in those islands for the moment. The Bahamas Film & television Commission should be contacted (crolle@bahamas.com or rrahming@bahamas.com) in order to begin the process of requesting to film on the beaches of the four islands on specific days.
Is there any additional information you wish to provide, that may be useful to productions?
In addition to special measures due to Covid-19, the normal film request procedures are still in place. Crews wishing to film in The Bahamas should still send their arrival and departure dates along with crew passport information and equipment list to crolle@bahamas.com or rrahming@bahamas.com. This should be done at least 5 working days before arrival in The Bahamas.

 

The following information was submitted on June 11, 2020 by the Bahamas Film & Television Commission.

Contact: 

Clarence Rolle, General Manager

crolle@bahamas.com

242-422-6963

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
Productions may take place in The Bahamas as long as they take suitable measures for social distancing on set. The use of face masks is mandatory in public places and masks may only be removed briefly by on-camera talent to accommodate takes.
Are there travel restrictions coming into the country? Restrictions on entering The Bahamas apply from June 15 to 30. During this time, travelers may only enter the country by sea or by private plane. Before traveling to The Bahamas between June 15 and June 30, passengers must take a Covid-19 RT PCR test, receiving a negative result. The results must be sent to COVID19travel@bahamas.gov.bs before traveling to the Bahamas. The results should be emails along with an application to be admitted to the country. On arrival in The Bahamas, the passenger should present the original results document. the application form may be obtained at https://www.bahamas.gov.bs/wps/wcm/connect/df55395c-36fa-4c0f-9da2-9ffc0acd5baf/COVID+TRAVEL+APPLICATION+FORM%282%29.pdf?MOD=AJPERES. Passengers arriving on or after July 1 will not need to take a Covid-19 test nor complete an application. However, travelers are expected to comply with Health workers at ports of entry who may test body temperatures or carry out some other type of screening. If a health worker deems that there is cause for a passenger to take a Covid 19 test after initial screening, the passenger is expected to comply.
Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
There are no domestic travel restrictions within The Bahamas. However, crew members ought to keep track of announced hours or business operation and/or curfews that may be enforced on given islands if deemed necessary.
Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
While there is no official limit on the number of people who may congregate in most settings, business establishments are required to allow for social distancing. As a result, various establishments will impose limits on the numbers of customers allowed at a given time based on building sizes.
Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming ?
Beaches on four islands - Bimini, Nassau, Grand Bahama, and Cat Cay - are closed. Special permission must be sought to film on beaches in those islands for the moment. The Bahamas Film & television Commission should be contacted (crolle@bahamas.com or rrahming@bahamas.com) in order to begin the process of requesting to film on the beaches of the four islands on specific days.
Is there any additional information you wish to provide, that may be useful to productions?
In addition to special measures due to Covid-19, the normal film request procedures are still in place. Crews wishing to film in The Bahamas should still send their arrival and departure dates along with crew passport information and equipment list to crolle@bahamas.com or rrahming@bahamas.com. This should be done at least 5 working days before arrival in The Bahamas.

The following information was submitted on April 6, 2020 by Ontario Creates' - Ontario Film Commission

Contact:
Justin Cutler, Film Commissioner

jcutler@ontariocreates.ca

416-642-6628

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
There is currently a restriction on mass gatherings of more than 5 people in Ontario that is reflected in film permit policies across the province.

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
There are currently travel restrictions for travelers entering and exiting the country. For more details:

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice.html

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
There are no travel restrictions within Ontario.

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
All organized public events of over 5 people are prohibited. For more information about COVID-19 in the Ontario context, please visit:

https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
Filming is currently down across the province until mass gathering policies are lifted.

Do you have additional information you would like to share with producers?
Ontario Creates' Film Commission provides regular COVID updates on the following resource site: http://www.ontariocreates.ca/about_us/COVID_19_Response_Plan___Information_for_Industry_Stakeholders.htm

All Ontario Film Commission services are active during COVID-19. For more information, please visit: https://digitallibrary.ontariocreates.ca/DigitalLibrary

The following information was submitted on November 24th, 2020 by the Durham Region Film Commission.

Contact:

Eileen Kennedy, Film Commissioner

eileen.kennedy@durham.ca

289-927-7119

https://www.durham.ca/en/economic-development/industries/film-and-television.aspx

Durham Region is open for filming and that will remain so regardless of whatever lockdown or restrictions we are in as a region.

The following information was submitted on May 13th, 2020 by the Durham Region Film Commission.

Contact:

Eileen Kennedy, Film Commissioner

eileen.kennedy@durham.ca

289-927-7119

https://www.durham.ca/en/economic-development/industries/film-and-television.aspx

Due to the COVID-19 crisis Durham Region and its local municipalities will not be issuing film permits at this time and all municipal-owned properties are closed. Film Office staff are continuing to offer as much support as possible during this time including location scouting and updates on health and safety regulations specific to this industry. The Durham Region Film Commission is supporting the efforts of Ontario's Ministers’ Film and Television Advisory Panel to enable a rapid recovery of the Film and Television Industry. New Health and Safety Regulations for the film and television industry are currently being developed and will be posted on this site as they become available.

The following update was submitted on May 20, 2020 by the Quebec Film & Television Council.

Contact:
Chanelle Routhier
Film & TV Commissioner, Province of Quebec
+ 1 514 451 4604
chanelle@qftc.ca

Ariane Dagenais Plante
Coordinator
+ 1 514 999-2299
ariane@qftc.ca

Pascale Guindon
Coordinator
+ 1 514 919-2867
pascale@qftc.ca

Jennifer Price
L.A. Representative
+ 1 310 498 0202)
jennifer@qftc.ca

http://www.qftc.ca/

Please see the below link for the most recent news, press releases and up-to-date information:

http://www.qftc.ca/news/

 

Information immediately below was provided on March 19th, 2020 by:
Quebec Film & Television Council
http://www.qftc.ca/

Contact:
Chanelle Routhier
Film & TV Commissioner, Province of Quebec
+ 1 514 451 4604
chanelle@qftc.ca

Ariane Dagenais Plante
Coordinator
+ 1 514 999-2299
ariane@qftc.ca

Pascale Guindon
Coordinator
+ 1 514 919-2867
pascale@qftc.ca

Jennifer Price
L.A. Representative
+ 1 310 498 0202)
jennifer@qftc.ca

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
We share with you the link to the Government of Québec’s News wire, which contains all the press releases published in the last few hours:
http://www.fil-information.gouv.qc.ca/Pages/Articles.aspx?aiguillage=ajd&type=1&idMenuItem=1?pgs

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
We want to share with you a new government announcement regarding workers with a temporary visa:
Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair announced Wednesday in Ottawa that “international students, visa workers and temporary foreign workers will also be able to enter Canada, provided they comply with the government’s request for 14 days of isolation”.

https://www.lapresse.ca/affaires/202003/18/01-5265242-les-travailleurs-saisonniers-pourront-entrer-au-pays.php

For Quebec:
https://www.quebec.ca/en/health/health-issues/a-z/2019-coronavirus/

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
Legault recommends avoiding non-essential inter-regional travel:
https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1675549/pandemie-covid-19-gouvernement-legault

Everyone must also respect the 14 day isolation period especially if travelling has been involved. We are also to work from home and socially distance ourselves until March 30th or further notice indicated by the premier of the province of Quebec.

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
Please find the information we have:

COVID-19 – Company activities are not covered by the directive on gatherings of 250 or more people
http://www.fil-information.gouv.qc.ca/Pages/Articles.aspx?aiguillage=ajd&type=1&idMenuItem=1&lang=fr (in French only)

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
Most productions have shut down or are in the process of doing so.

Additional Information:
The province of Quebec is doing everything we can to make sure everyone stays safe and healthy. Our Premier is being very pro-active and is managing the situation very well.

The following information was submitted on March 26, 2020 by Screen Nova Scotia

Contact:
Laura Mackenzie
Executive Director
Laura@screennovascotia.com
+1.902.478.4811

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
Yes

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
Yes. https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice.html

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
Yes: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/#alerts

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
Yes, gatherings of 5 maximum. https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/#alerts

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
All closed.

Additional Information
Incentive fund administrator, Nova Scotia Business Inc. is fully operational.

The following information was submitted on March 19, 2020 by the Northwest Territories Film Commission.

Contact:
Camilla MacEachern
NWT Film Commissioner
nwtfilm@gov.nt.ca
(867) 446-7249
https://www.nwtfilm.com/

 

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
No mandate to shut down; however, several scheduled productions have cancelled. So we never had to force anything.

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
Yes, Canadian borders are closed to non-Canadian residents.

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
No; however, flight schedules have limited. There is one community that is not allowing anyone in.

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
Yes, no more than 50.

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
It’s safe to say that everything is shut down until further notice.

Additional Information:

Canada has declared a state of emergency.

The following information was submitted on March 19, 2020 by the Yukon Media Development.

Contact:
Iris Merritt
Iris.Merritt@gov.yk.ca
+1-837-667-5678
www.reelyukon.com

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
No but gatherings are limited to 50 people max.

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
The borders into Canada are limited to Canadian citizens and other essential services. Anyone entering Canada must self isolate for a minimum of 14 days immediately upon arrival in Canada

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
No. There are no COVID-19 cases in Yukon as of March 19, 2020

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
Gatherings are limited to 50 people max as of March 19, 2020. Updated information will be available at
https://yukon.ca/en/information-about-novel-coronavirus-yukoners#information-for-travellers

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
No. Productions are proceeding as of March 19, 2020

The following update was submitted November 18 2020 by the Calgary Film Commission.

Contact:

Luke Azevedo, Commissioner - Film, Television & Creative Industries

lazevedo@calgaryeconomicdevelopment.com

403-510-1321

https://calgaryeconomicdevelopment.com/sectors/focus-areas/creative-industries/fil

Alberta was selected to trial a pilot project that will relax the quarantine requirements for international business travelers entering Canada, obtaining rapid results for COVID-19 testing (approx.. 48hrs) at the Calgary International Airport and Coutts border crossing to reduce the risk of transmission and get film & TV production professionals to work faster!

 

The following update was submitted September 8, 2020 by the Calgary Film Commission.

Contact:

Luke Azevedo, Commissioner - Film, Television & Creative Industries

lazevedo@calgaryeconomicdevelopment.com

403-510-1321

https://calgaryeconomicdevelopment.com/sectors/focus-areas/creative-industries/fil

Alberta is open for business!  A number of productions are currently shooting successfully throughout the jurisdiction.   Please contact us with any questions you may have.

The following update was submitted July 16, 2020 by the Calgary Film Commission.

Contact:

Luke Azevedo, Commissioner - Film, Television & Creative Industries

lazevedo@calgaryeconomicdevelopment.com

403-510-1321

https://calgaryeconomicdevelopment.com/sectors/focus-areas/creative-industries/fil

Today the first major production started filming in Calgary. Syfy series Wynonna Earp, Season Four is back to work with comprehensive COVID-19 safety protocols in place.
*Note: Cross-border travel from the US into Canada is permitted for Screen Industry professionals with a 14 day quarantine.

The following update was submitted June 10, 2020 by the Calgary Film Commission.

Contact:

Luke Azevedo, Commissioner - Film, Television & Creative Industries

lazevedo@calgaryeconomicdevelopment.com

403-510-1321

https://calgaryeconomicdevelopment.com/sectors/focus-areas/creative-industries/fil

Alberta has officially been greenlit to relaunch Film and TV production as of June 12, 2020.

The following information was submitted May 27, 2020 by the Calgary Film Commission.

Contact:

Luke Azevedo, Commissioner - Film, Television & Creative Industries

lazevedo@calgaryeconomicdevelopment.com

403-510-1321

https://calgaryeconomicdevelopment.com/sectors/focus-areas/creative-industries/film-and-tv-permits/

Canada is allowing inter-provincial travel for production work without quarantine restrictions. The City of Calgary in Southern Alberta is issuing permits provided the production adheres to the following health protocols (see links below). Current health guidelines state that gatherings can be no more than 15 people in indoor locations and no more than 50 people at outdoor locations while maintaining the mandated physical distancing of at least 2 metres apart.

Federal
https://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/csj-sjc/covid.html
Provincial
https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-orders-and-legislation.aspx
Municipal
https://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/cema/Pages/COVID-19-State-of-Local-Emergency-impact.aspx

The following information was submitted on May 27, 200 by the Manitoba Film Commission.

Contact:

Judy Morfitt, Marketing & Communications Consultant

jmorfitt@mymts.net

204-293-7450

https://mbfilmmusic.ca/en/

Lights, camera and yes - Action! After careful consideration by the provincial government, cameras are getting ready to roll again in Manitoba. Film productions may resume operations June 1st if they implement measures to ensure the cast, employees and members of the public are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief exchanges. These productions must adhere to all provincial and federal travel restrictions.

Provincial government news release: https://news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.html

Guidelines: https://mbfilmmusic.ca/en/news/entry/354

The following update was submitted on June 25, 2020 by Creative BC.

Contact:
Marnie Gee
BC Film Commissioner + Director of Production Services
mgee@creativebc.com
(604) 813-1734
https://www.creativebc.com/

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?

No.  BC welcomes all production activity to restart or begin—we are open for business and all motion picture activity is encouraged across B.C.

The BC Motion Picture Industry COVID-19 Best Practices Coalition, facilitated by Creative BC, has published high level industry-defined, government-reviewed Safety Guidelines as a resource for productions working in British Columbia.  They are available to view here.

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?

Federal note: As restrictions are eased in provinces across Canada, and the film and television sector looks to resume production with new health and safety precautions in place, some cross-border travel will need to resume in order for key film and TV production workers perform their work. As of June 23, 2020, the following points outline the current Government of Canada regulations for Foreign Nationals seeking entry into Canada for employment:

  • B.C. TRAVELLERS AND EMPLOYERS ORDER: Stay apprised of changes through the “B.C. Travellers and Employers Order” under the Provincial Health Officer's "Orders, Notices and Guidance".
     
  • VALID WORK PERMITS: Provided that they do not have symptoms of COVID-19 and that all other immigration admissibility criteria are met, travellers with valid or approved work permits will be permitted to travel (See links below for supporting documentation).  The type of work that is being done in Canada is not relevant for the purpose of determining whether travel is discretionary or non-discretionary. The CBSA has taken steps to ensure that this misconception is dispelled at the ports of entry.
     
  • QUARANTINE REMAINS IN EFFECT: In accordance with the existing federal order by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), all travellers must quarantine for 14 days upon entering Canada (in this case British Columbia) and will need to submit a B.C. self-isolation plan and complete the federal ArriveCAN application for approval prior to their return to B.C., or upon arrival. The B.C. self-isolation plan can either be completed/submitted online or using a paper form (although the recommendation is to complete/submit the form online before travel to B.C.) At this time, PHAC has not identified any alternatives to this measure. Supporting tools:

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?   No

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?  
The Provincial Health Office order on Mass Gatherings does not apply to the presence of workers at a workplace/worksite when engaged in their work activities. However, limiting the number of people in a workplace is an important way to ensure physical distancing is maintained.

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
Filming requests are being reviewed on a case-by-case basis.  Please reach out to the municipality or region of interest directly to discuss the specifics of your request.

Is there any additional information you wish to provide, that may be useful to productions?
INDUSTRY-CREATED GUIDELINES

The BC Motion Picture Industry COVID-19 Best Practices Coalition, facilitated by Creative BC, has published high level industry-defined, government-reviewed Safety Guidelines.  They are available to view here.

The Pandemic Production Guide, including department-specific guidance, is forthcoming.  intended as technical resources to support productions of all sizes with access to high quality, informative tools for workplace safety and to assist in reducing the risk of COVID-19 exposure and transmission in the workplace.  Sign up to receive them.

Employers may start or resume production work in B.C. provided they have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place that meets WorkSafeBC Health & Safety Protocols and PHO requirements.  Employers are responsible to develop their own COVID-19 safety plans.  WorkSafeBC has created a COVID-19 Safety Plan template to help employers develop their own safety plan.  If you have specific questions about your Safety Plan, you can reach out to a WorkSafeBC prevention officer and WorkSafeBC prevention officers are available to support safety plan development upon request.  Contact WorkSafeBC prevention officers here.  Actsafe Safety Association is also available to review safety plans and provide feedback here.

TESTING


Dr. Bonnie Henry's written letter to businesses seeking to conduct private testing of asymptomatic employees outlines how routine testing of asymptomatic people is not recommended in BC, however employers who wish to implement screening and testing measures - understanding that there are limitations to this approach as per the letter - must comply with B.C. legal frameworks, (including but not limited to B.C. human rights, employment standards, applicable collective agreements, privacy law and existing and future Provincial Health Officer orders, notices and guidance). The B.C. Centre for Disease Control offers all information on B.C.'s approach to testing.

For more information about B.C.’s response to COVID-19, please refer to the Creative BC Motion Picture Resources for COVID-19 Updates.

The following update was submitted on June 3, 2020 by Creative BC.

Contact:
Marnie Orr, Commissioner and Director of Production Services
morr@creativebc.com
(604)813-1734
https://www.creativebc.com/

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?

No

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?International and domestic travel continues to be restricted by federal authorities.  Information about the border is available through Canada Border Services Agency here.  The federal Public Health Agency of Canada and the province’s Provincial Health Officer (PHO) requires a 14-day quarantine upon entry to British Columbia. 

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?

No

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?  
The Provincial Health Officer order on Mass Gatherings, which prohibits gatherings of greater than 50 people, does not apply to the presence of workers at a workplace when engaged in their work activity.

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming ?
Filming requests are being reviewed on a case-by-case basis.  Please reach out to the municipality or region of interest directly to discuss the specifics of your request.

Is there any additional information you wish to provide, that may be useful to productions?
The BC Motion Picture Industry COVID-19 Best Practices Coalition is generating supporting detailed resources to assist in the safe return to work.  The Safety Guidelines and Pandemic Production Guide are forthcoming and intended as guides to support the safe return to production.  Sign up to receive them.

Employers may start or resume production work in B.C. provided the they have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place that meets WorkSafeBC Health & Safety Protocols and PHO requirements.  Employers are responsible to develop their own COVID-19 safety plans.  WorkSafeBC has created a COVID-19 Safety Plan template to help employers develop their own safety plan.  If you have specific questions about your Safety Plan, you can reach out to a WorkSafeBC prevention officer and WorkSafeBC prevention officers are available to support safety plan development upon request.  Contact WorkSafeBC prevention officers here.

For more information about B.C.’s response to COVID-19, please refer to the Creative BC Motion Picture Resources for COVID-19 Updates.

The following information was submitted on March 19, 2020 by Creative BC.

Contact:
Marnie Orr
morr@creativebc.com
(604)813-1734
https://www.creativebc.com/

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
Yes… no gatherings of 50+

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
Yes
https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
no

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
https://news.gov.bc.ca/factsheets/bc-covid-19-response-update

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
Yes. Most locations, public/gov are closed

Additional Information:

https://www.creativebc.com/about-us/news/covid-19/

The following information was submitted on April 20, 2020 by the Thompson-Nicola Film Commission.

Contact:

Victoria Weller, Film Commissioner

vweller@tnrd.ca

250-319-6211

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
Yes.
Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
Yes. No non-essential travel
Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming ?
Is there any additional information you wish to provide, that may be useful to productions?
All BC film commissions including regional film commissions are operating.

The information found at the link below has been provided by AFCI Affiliate member Production Service Network:

https://www.productionservicenetwork.com/covid-19-country-production-status

The information found at the link below has been provided by AFCI Affiliate member Production Service Network:

https://www.productionservicenetwork.com/covid-19-country-production-status

The following update was submitted September 14, 2020,  by the Dominica Film Office.

Contact: 

Daphne Vidal, Project Officer

filmdominica@dominica.dm

 

Dominica's requirements for entry have been updated. The link to the new entry requirements is provided below. Requirements are different for persons arriving from countries designated as low, medium and high risk for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Link to updated entry requirements: https://cdn.discoverdominica.com/production/20200914091137-travelprotocols-portrait-aug31.pdf

Pre arrival documents can be obtained at http://domcovid19.dominica.gov.dm/ and must be submitted prior to arrival.

 

The following update was submitted August 5, 2020,  by the Dominica Film Office.

Contact: 

Daphne Vidal, Project Officer

filmdominica@dominica.dm

767 255 8206

http://dominicaupdate.com/

Dominica’s borders will reopen to international travellers on August 7, 2020.  All travellers to Dominica must present a negative PCR test from an accredited laboratory taken no more than 72 hours prior to travel to Dominica.  All arriving passengers will be given the rapid antibody test on arrival.  Passengers who test positive will be sent to quarantine for 14 days at their cost. The complete protocols for travel to Dominica is attached.  Silver Airways offers flights between Puerto Rico and Dominica on Thursdays and Saturdays.  Other airlines will confirm flight routes shortly.

Dominica Protocol August

The following update was submitted July 2, 2020,  by the Dominica Film Office.

Contact: 

Daphne Vidal, Project Officer

filmdominica@dominica.dm

767 255 8206

http://dominicaupdate.com/

Dominica's borders will reopen to nationals from July 15, 2020 and to non nationals from August 7, 2020. Details on entry protocols will be posted on www.dominica.gov.dm. All state of emergency and curfew restrictions have been lifted as the country has had no active cases of COVID -19 in over 80 days. Additional updates can be found on dominicaupdate.com. Reopening dates may be revised based on the trends in the spread of the coronavirus locally and externally.

The following update was submitted May 25th, 2020 by the Dominica Film Office.

Contact: 

Daphne Vidal, Project Officer

filmdominica@dominica.dm

767 255 8206

http://dominicaupdate.com/

Sanitary measures to combat COVID 19 are still being enforced in Dominica, even as certain local restrictions are being eased. Dominica's borders remain closed with a possible reopening tentatively carded for July 2020. Updates on the COVID 19 situation in Dominica can be found on www.dominicaupdate.com.

The following update was provided May 20th, 2020 by the Dominica Film Office.

Contact: 

Daphne Vidal, Project Officer

filmdominica@dominica.dm

767 255 8206

http://dominicaupdate.com/

The phased reopening of businesses has begun in Dominica. Most business places are open between 8 am and 4 pm. A curfew is still in effect from 7 pm to 5 am Monday to Saturday, and from 6 pm Saturday to 5 am Monday. There are no confirmed cases of COVID -19 in Dominica right now, however the borders are still closed. It is anticipated that the borders will reopen for regional travel in July.

The following update was provided on  April 30, 2020 by Dominica Film Office.

Contact:

Daphne Vidal, Project Officer

dvidal@dominica.dm

767-255-8206

Dominica has not recorded any new COVID 19 cases in 21 days. The total number of confirmed cases remains at 16 with 3 active cases at the moment. The public is urged to remain vigilant and continue to follow all health protocols issued by the Ministry of Health, Wellness and New Health Investment. Some restrictions have been lifted and select businesses can operate from 6 am to 4 pm Mondays to Fridays. A curfew remains in effect from 6 pm to 6 am Mondays to Fridays with a total lockdown on weekends and public holidays. Updates on COVID 19 can be obtained from the Government website http://dominica.gov.dm/updates The Prime Minister of Dominica, Hon. Roosevelt Skerritt will announce further easing of restrictions on May 4, 2020 based on the advice of health officials.

UPDATE 3/25: Dominica recorded an additional 4 cases of COVID 19, bringing the total to 11. At a press briefing on March 25, 2020 Prime Minister Roosevelt announced that the island’s airports would be closed commencing midnight on March 25, 2020. All non -essential flights to the island are suspended until further notice.

UPDATE 3/25: The Prime Minister of Dominica, Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit announced on March 24, 2020, that Dominica had recorded 7 cases of COVID 19.  In light of this, the country’s ports of entry will be closed to visitors from March 26, 2020 until further notice.   We look forward to welcoming filmmakers and producers once this crisis is over.

UPDATE 3/22: Dominica recorded its first case of COVID 19 on March 22, 2020.  All schools and daycare centres have been closed.  Persons wishing to travel to Dominica should contact their travel agent/airline/ferry operator as there are reduced flights and no ferry service into and out of the island. Additional updates on COVID-19 in Dominica can be obtained from https://www.facebook.com/GISNewsDominica/ Or by calling 767 448 2151, 767 611 4325, email health@dominica.gov.dm, or website www.dominica.gov.dm.

Who is/are the best contact(s) for production inquiries at your office?
Daphne Vidal
filmdominica@dominica.dm
+17672558206

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
All commercial flights into the country were discontinued as of midnight March 25, 2020.

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
All commercial flights into the country were discontinued as of midnight March 25, 2020.

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
The country is on voluntary lockdown. Non-essential businesses are closed.

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
No more than 10 persons are allowed to congregate in any area at any one time.

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
All eco-tourism sites and attractions are closed.
https://www.facebook.com/Dominicas-Forestry-Wildlife-Parks-DivisionEnvironmental-Education-Unit-574968226039832/

Is there any additional information you wish to provide, that may be useful to productions?
Official information on COVID-19 can be obtained from http://dominica.gov.dm/updates.

The following update was submitted on May 28, 2020 by the

Dominican Republic Film Commission.

Contact:

Yvette Marichal
Film Commissioner
direccion@dgcine.gob.do

Manuela Germán
Head of the Technical Department
sirecine@dgcine.gob.do

The state of emergency remains in effect until June the 1st (with a potential extension pending).  Since mid May the economy has been reopening by areas. Airports and flights are expected to resume their activity the 1st day of July. As for shooting audiovisual projects,  we are waiting for the local authorities to express a commencement date.
In anticipation of this date, we've created a protocol to ensure the safety of everyone working in our film industry once it resumes its activity, and we will be launching it soon.  

Information immediately below was provided on March 23rd, 2020 by:

Dominican Republic Film Commission:

Yvette Marichal
Film Commissioner
direccion@dgcine.gob.do

Manuela Germán
Head of the Technical Department
sirecine@dgcine.gob.do

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
Yes.

https://dgcine.gob.do/web/2020/03/comunicado-medidas-de-la-direccion-general-de-cine-dgcine-ante-el-covid-19-en-la-republica-dominicana/

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
Yes.

Closure of all air, land and sea borders from 19 March. Foreign travelers are advised to consider leaving as soon as possible. Restrictions on non-essential movement (i.e. food shopping, medical care, exercise. Cultural and sporting activities prohibited; large gatherings restricted; restaurants and bars closed; public transport limited.

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
Yes.
Closure of all air, land and sea borders from 19 March. Foreign travelers are advised to consider leaving as soon as possible. Restrictions on non-essential movement (i.e. food shopping, medical care, exercise. Cultural and sporting activities prohibited; large gatherings restricted; restaurants and bars closed; public transport limited.

https://msp.gob.do/web/?p=6627

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
Large gatherings are either prohibited or restricted.
Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
No shooting permits will be issued while the state of emergency is in place.
Additional Information

In response to the rapidly evolving events surrounding COVID-19, the President of the Dominican Republic has issued a statement declaring a national state of emergency, prohibiting all activities except those that are regarded as essential needs, this includes shoots of any audiovisual projects. We are all living a worldwide situation where the lives and the health of everyone are of utmost importance to us here at the Dominican Republic Film Commission.

The DR Film Commission has issued a statement in which we order the suspension of all filming activities, going into effect on March 19 until April 3 (tentatively, as we see how this situation progresses). In the current state of emergency, it is impossible to guarantee that there will be absolute isolation and no contact in an audiovisual project in order to avoid the spread of COVID-19, which generates a risk for cast, crew and service providers.

The Dominican Republic Film Commission does not authorize the continuation of any shoots at this moment; our country is in a national state of emergency as declared by our President, Danilo Medina. We are facing a global health urgency situation, yet following the new government measures announced this week – and in times of such unprecedented uncertainty – this is now our only viable option. Clearly, this is not a course of action we had hoped to take and we apologize for this disruptions.

We take the health and safety of both our local and international cast and crew very seriously and we are taking preventative steps to ensure the wellbeing of all those who make up the film industry. We all must remain alert and secluded until the current situation is under control and we can resume all the audiovisual shoots when our local authorities indicate us to do so. Until then, please stay safe.

Kindest Regards,
Yvette Marichal
Film Commissioner
Dominican Republic Film Commission

The following information was submitted on March 28, 2020 by the Jamaica Film Commission

Contact:
film@jamprocorp.com

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
We are still issuing film registrations however, we are only doing so in alignment with travel restrictions and community gathering restrictions issued by the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Health. In all cases we are closely reviewing production dates and working with clients to schedule safe dates

https://www.moh.gov.jm/edu-resources/learn-about-the-coronaviruses/
https://opm.gov.jm/news/

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
Non-essential travel (incoming) was restricted on March 23, 2020 for 14 days in the first instance and will be reviewed continually. All incoming passengers will be required to quarantine for 14 days. Goods/trade is not restricted.

https://www.moh.gov.jm/edu-resources/learn-about-the-coronaviruses/
https://opm.gov.jm/news/

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
As above

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
No more than 20 persons can congregate in public places - March 23, 2020

Additional Information
The Jamaica Film Commission is open, but we are working remotely. Please contact us at film@jamprocorp.com

The update provided below was submitted on May 22, 2020 by the California Film Commission.
The California Film Commission (CFC) looks forward to helping our motion picture community resume its work creating films and television programs that entertain, inform, and inspire people around the world.
Thanks to the efforts of California Government Leadership, Legislators and Stakeholders, the next film and TV tax credit program - Program 3.0 - is set to begin July 1, 2020.  Under normal circumstances, the CFC would hold the initial allocation period in May and issue tax credit allocation letters (CALs) on July 1st.  However, due to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, we have delayed the initial application/allocation periods for Program 3.0 as follows:
Application Periods
Recurring and Relocating TV Series: June 22-24
Feature/Independent Films: July 13-15
Credit Allocation Letter Dates
Recurring and Relocating TV Series: July 20
Feature/Independent Films: August 17
Please note: The application periods listed above are reduced to 3 days, and each will be followed by a 5-day period during which all documentation must be submitted.  The CFC will not accept any new television projects during the TV application period, as the recurring TV category is oversubscribed.  Recurring TV series will receive credit allocation letters upon submission of pick-up orders.  The above schedule is subject to change due to COVID-19 and approval of Program 3.0 regulations by the Office of Administrative Law.
Please visit the "Tax Credit" section on the CFC website for detailed information about Program 3.0.  New features include: additional tax credits for local hire labor; a pilot skills training program to train individuals for careers in the motion picture industry; new bonus point categories to help projects elevate their Jobs Ratio score; and revisions to expenditure classifications which affect wage vs non-wage tagging.  The Program GuidelinesQualified Expenditure Chart, and Tracking Tips have been revised in great detail to explain the requirements of the new program and changes from Program 2.0.  The application portal has also been enhanced to accommodate new requirements under Program 3.0.  Please keep an eye out for a separate production alert regarding a CFC Program 3.0 webinar, application portal tutorial and help guides.
We encourage you to review the materials on the CFC website. While our tax credit staff is working remotely, you can email us questions at IncentiveProgram3@film.ca.gov.

The information immediately below was provided on March 28, 2020 by California Film Commission

Contact:
eklosterman@film.ca.gov

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
Yes. https://covid19.ca.gov/. The State of California is under a shelter in place order from the Governor for non-essential businesses. https://business.ca.gov/coronavirus-2019/

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
see US State Department website: https://www.state.gov/

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
Recommendation to curtail all non-essential travel

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
Less than ten

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
State Parks, Caltrans and other State buildings and facilities are only issuing permits at this time that comply with the Statewide shelter in place order from the Governor or any other local order.

Additional Information
see our website at: http://film.ca.gov

Information pertaining to guidelines and protocols for Los Angeles may be found on the website for Film LA.

https://www.filmla.com

Covid-19 Resource Center: https://www.filmla.com/covid-19/?fbclid=IwAR1zYj14ZmnpLMp1Miss2RRugCP9F9YvxopBorEC5E5mCQ902xOMgx01zOQ

The following update was submitted on June 11, 2020 by Sacramento Film + Media.

Contact:

Jennifer West
916-808-2676
jcwest@cityofsacramento.org

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
No

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
No

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
No

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
No

Find a full list of health and safety guidelines here: https://www.cityofsacramento.org/-/media/Corporate/Files/Convention-Cultural-Services/Film-Office/IWLMSC-Task-Force-White-Paper-6-1-20.pdf?la=en

Guidelines for back office staff and management: https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-office-workspaces.pdf

California of Public Health Department film reopening statement: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR20-113.aspx

Stay up to date with the Sacramento Film + Media: https://www.cityofsacramento.org/Convention-Cultural-Services/Sacramento-Film-Office

The following update was submitted on May 20, 2020 by Sacramento Film + Media.

Contact:

Jennifer West
916-808-2676
jcwest@cityofsacramento.org

Sacramento Film + Media is not issuing film permits at this time, however, we are available to answer any questions about your upcoming projects. For the latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) related information in our area, please see the City's Coronavirus Resources page.
https://www.cityofsacramento.org/Emergency-Management/COVID19

The information immediately below was provided on March 19th, 2020 by:

Sacramento Film Office
https://www.cityofsacramento.org/Convention-Cultural-Services/Sacramento-Film-Office

Contact:

Jennifer West
916-808-2676
jcwest@cityofsacramento.org

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
Yes

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
Yes. No travel from US and Europe, Canada, China.

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
No

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
10 and must be 6′ apart

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
No

The following information was submitted on March 19, 2020 by Film Santa Clarita.

Contact:
Evan Thomason
ethomason@santa-clarita.com
+1 661-286-4167
http://filmsantaclarita.com/contact-us/

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
No, but it’s limited to less than 50 people.

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
USA – Yes.

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
Not yet.

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
Yes, 10.

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
Government facilities.

The following information was submitted on July 16, 2020 by Film Shasta.

Contact:

Sabrina Jurisich, Film Commissioner

sabrina@visitredding.com

530.225.4103

www.FilmShasta.com

All thirteen permitting offices in the area have resumed issuing permits at this time.

The following information was submitted on May 12, 2020 by Film Shasta.

Contact:

Sabrina Jurisich, Film Commissioner

sabrina@visitredding.com

530.225.4103

www.FilmShasta.com

Bureau of Land Management –

Accepting applications for filming, no current restrictions for how many participants will be allowed on site, Approval time estimated 60-90 days with current situation; Not denying a permit based on the social distancing, to film this summer we can start process and have it ready for when production is ready to film.

US Forest Service –

Applicants need to be sure they can comply with all the federal, state and local guidelines when it comes to operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. The review times are a minimum 2 weeks prior to film.

Whiskeytown National Park Service –

Currently accepting applications for filming, however, following the state and county guidelines for stay-at-home.  If these change to allow a specific number of persons to gather at one time, may allow filming under those new guidelines.  No estimated date to allow filming to begin.  Estimating four to five weeks to process a filming permit

Basic Overview on Incentive:

Qualifying productions can receive up to $50,000. One page pre-production application; one page post-production summary.  Production must meet 25 room night minimum in Redding, CA hotel. 5% direct spend rebate, $10/per room, per night rebate, 100% permit application fee reimbursed for utilized locations.  Productions are reimbursed within 14 days of submitting post-production report.

Please find the link for our sizzle reel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYccpaiK9eQ 60 sec; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsDnRFNyT5s extended version) and the information regarding our local incentive (https://filmshasta.com/for-filmmakers/).

The following information was submitted on August 4, 2020 by the Florida.Office of Film and Entertainment

Contact:

Niki Welge, Film Commissioner

Niki.Welge@deo.MyFlorida.com

850.717.8989 / 877.FLA.FILM

www.filminflorida.com

 

Please see the following link for the most recent updated information:

 https://filminflorida.com/covid-19-resources/.

The following information was submitted on May 3, 2020 by Film Florida.

Contact:

John Lux, Executive Director

jlux@filmflorida.org

FF-Clean-Healthy Set Recommendations 05-01-2020

FF Recomendaciones de Salubridad ESP

For information regarding filming in the state of Florida, please visit the state film office, Florida Office of Film & Entertainment: http://www.filminflorida.com

The following information was submitted on March 19, 2020 by the Florida Keys Film Office

Contact:

Chad Newman
+1 (305) 293-1800
chad@filmkeys.com

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
Currently, we are not issuing any film permits in Key West. The rest of the Keys are on a case by case basis.

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
Yes.

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction? 
No

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
Currently limited to 10

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
Key West is closed to filming

The following information was submitted on April 22, 2020 by the Jacksonville Film & TV Commission.

Contact:

Todd Roobin, Film Commissioner

troobin@coj.net

904-868-4841

The Jacksonville Film & TV Commission has been open and is currently processing Film Permits on a case by case basis.
Please visit website www.filmjax.com for Production Guide, Film Permit, Locations and much more.

The following information was submitted on May 21, 2020 by the Miami-Dade Office of Film & Entertainment

Contact:

Dorothea Belz, Film & Entertainment Permit Coordinator

Dee.Belz@miamidade.gov

305-375-3288

www.filmiami.org

The Miami-Dade Office of Film & Entertainment is open for film and photo permitting on a case by case basis.

The following information was submitted on March 19, 2020 by the Collier County Film Commission

Contact:

Maggie McCarty
collierfilm@aol.com
+1 239-285-3660

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
Yes – no issuing of permits

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
Yes-Here is specific information from the CDC regarding travel. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
As a county employee – no outbound travel

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
Florida Department of Health continue to advise the public to take all of the following general precautions:

  • Avoid contact with sick individuals.
  • Limit gatherings of 10 or more people.
  • Maintain a six-foot distance from anyone who appears to be sick.
  • Use fist bumps or other forms of greetings rather than a handshake or hug.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Do not travel when you’re sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at 60%-95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty. It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
  • Stay home if you are sick.

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
Not issuing permits

Additional Information:
Please check social media for local updates

The following information was submitted on March 19, 2020 by the Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission

Contact:
Christy Andreoni, Director of Operations & Production
candreoni@pbfilm.com
+1 561-233-3100

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
No. Permit requests are being accepted and reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
Yes.
Travel from outside of the US:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/from-other-countries.html
Travel within the US: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction? 
None as of 3/19/20

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
Information on Palm Beach County: http://discover.pbcgov.org/pages/COVID19.aspx

Information on State of Florida: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
Locations in Palm Beach County are being considered on a case-by-case basis for all permit requests, pending production details. Alternative options are being recommended for any locations that cannot accommodate production.

Is there any additional information you wish to provide, that may be useful to productions?
Due to public health advisories related to COVID-19, our municipalities and community partners are taking additional care and considerations when reviewing permit applications for approval. While we cannot offer any guarantees on permit requests at this time, we are working with our contacts on a case-by-case basis to see if additional conditions/restrictions applied will allow production to move forward. The safety and well-being of our clients and community is our top priority.

The following updated was submitted on May 12, 2020 by the Paradise Coast Film Commission.

Contact:

Maggie McCarty, Film Commissioner

collierfilm@aol.com

239-659-3456

Some city and county beach have limited access, but social distancing protocols remain in place. Some restaurants and retail stores are allowing customers to enter but with a 25% capacity, practicing social distancing protocols. No film permits are being issued. All public locations are not available for filming.

For information on Everglades National Park (which is doing a "phased approach" to re-opening, please visit: http:/nps.gov/ever/contacts.htm for updates.

The following State Parks in our area: Collier-Seminole Park, Fakahatchee State Preserve and Delnor-Wiggins State Park are practicing Phase I Florida Guidelines, as mandated by the Governor. For updates/details, visit http:/floridastateparks.org. Southwest Florida Airport is somewhat-operational, please visit: http:/flycpa.com/alert for specifics. Be aware that travelers arriving from the states of NY, NJ, and CT must be quarantine for 14-days upon arrival. Finally, please check with: Floridahealthcovid19.gov for all the latest information on the health and safety within the state.

The information immediately following was provided on April 22nd, 2020, by the Paradise Coast Film Commission.

Contact:

Maggie McCarty, Film Commissioner

collierfilm@aol.com

239-659-3456

For industry updates, please utilize the following links:

• https://filminflorida.com/
• https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/index.html
• https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/96dd742462124fa0b38ddedb9b25e429 (Florida's COVID-19 Data and Map Dashboard)

The following information was submitted on May 6, 2020 by the St. Petersburg Clearwater Film Commission.

Contact:

Tony Armer, Film Commissioner

tony@filmspc.com

727-464-7240

We are open for business and currently permitting productions. Social distancing restrictions are still in place for filming. Florida is the first State in the Country to have a comprehensive recommended policies and procedures plan for filming. Those recommendations are attached here.

Call or email for more details and to ask any questions.

The following information was submitted on March 19th, 2020 by Film Augusta.

Contact:

Jennifer Bowen
Jennifer@FilmAugusta.com
706-823-6613

Sarah Childers
Sarah@FilmAugusta.com
(706) 849-3246

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
As of 3/20/20 - no but the City of Augusta is working with essential employees only and not allowing any public access to publicly owned buildings, essentially not issuing any approvals for use of any city-owned facility or right of way. We are also using the President's recommendation of less than 10 in gatherings and the CDC's recommendations to inform any production considering traveling to our destination that doing business would be extremely difficult.

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
They City of Augusta, GA is considering implementing a curfew which would limit travel within the city.

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
Yes, the President of the US has recommended no more than 10 people per gathering.

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming (if production is shut down, you need not answer this question).
The City of Augusta, GA is not allowing any public access to city-owned facilities until after April 1 or possibly longer.

The following information was submitted on April 4, 2020 by DeKalb Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Commission

Contact:
Shelbia Jackson, Director

sljackson@decidedekalb.com

404-687-2748 or 404-687-2748

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
March 27, DeKalb County, GA CEO Michael Thurmond updated the county’s state of emergency with a stay-at-home order for DeKalb County in response to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

The order is effective Saturday, March 28, 2020, at 9 p.m. until further notice.

The stay-at-home order applies to all individuals living in DeKalb County. According to the order, “individuals are permitted to leave their places of residence only to provide or receive certain essential services or engage in certain essential activities and work for essential businesses and essential governmental functions.”

“We are trying to save lives from the serious COVID-19 public health threat,” CEO Thurmond said.

https://www.dekalbcountyga.gov/news/dekalb-ceo-thurmond-issues-stay-home-executive-order

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country? 
The United States has coordinated a national response team and keeps the nation informed via its website at https://www.usa.gov/coronavirus.

Updates on Travel, Immigration, and Transportation as of April 2, 2020:

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction? 
DeKalb County, GA Implements ‘Socially Distant Service  Delivery’ Strategy

County Restricts Public Access to County Facilities

In order to protect county workers from the spread of COVID-19, DeKalb County will restrict access to all government buildings and facilities to the public starting Monday, March 16.

“We are implementing a ‘socially distant service delivery’ strategy to protect our employees from the spread of the virus so that DeKalb County can continue to provide essential services to our customers,” DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond said.

While physical access to county facilities will be restricted to the general public, county services will still be available. The county has made it possible for its customers to engage with any department they would normally have a face-to-face encounter with via email, telephone, standard mail delivery, and any other electronic platform available to the county.

“We are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal and state agencies to limit contact between people as a means of protecting public health,” CEO Thurmond said.

“DeKalb County Government remains open for business,” CEO Thurmond said. “We will continue to offer a high level of services and support for DeKalb County.”

For information on accessing county services during this time, visit www.dekalbcountyga.gov or call 404-371-2000 or 311 from a landline Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For information about COVID-19, visit www.dekalbcountyga.gov/coronavirus.

Our office will update the website and social media as needed. Additional operational updates will be available as issued and can be found at www.dekalbcountyga.gov/coronavirus.

Our Film Commission will also provide updated resource lists and links at www.DeKalbEntertainment.com, you can reach us via email at info@DeKalbEntertainment.com or phone at 404-687-2748.

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
In an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect all residents, citizens, and visitors, the DeKalb County, GA CEO strongly encourages all businesses with a facility in DeKalb County, except Essential Businesses as defined herein, to cease all except Minimum Basic Operations, as defined herein;

All public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited, except for the limited purposes as expressly permitted herein. Nothing in this Order prohibits the gathering of members of a household or living unit.

Essential Activities are to be performed while maintaining six (6) feet of social distance. List of Essential Activities include:

a. To engage in activities or tasks essential to an individual or family member’s health and safety including pets);
b. To obtain necessary services and supplies for themselves, their family or household or to deliver those services or supplies to others;
c. To engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals remain at least six feet from each other;
d. To perform work for Essential Businesses or to obtain products or services from Essential Businesses, including engaging in Minimum Basic Operations;
e. To care for a person who is medically fragile or family member or pet in another household;
f. To engage in Essential Governmental Functions, which are any and all services needed to ensure the continuing operation of any governmental agency.

Persons who are performing or accessing Essential Governmental Functions are exempt from this Order;

Additional operational updates will be available as issued and can be found at www.dekalbcountyga.gov/coronavirus.

Our Film Commission will also provide updated resource lists and links at www.DeKalbEntertainment.com.

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
Currently, ten (10) productions are on hold and one (1) pending application. We work with thirteen (13) local jurisdictions, who also have productions on hold until the Executive Order is lifted.

Is there any additional information you wish to provide, that may be useful to productions?
We look forward to welcoming all productions back to DeKalb as soon as it is safely possible. I think everyone is tired of even hearing the words “Shelter in Place” and Flattening the Curb”. My prayer is that all the safety directives we have all endured will allow us all to safely return to our normal routines in a few weeks. We will be ready and excited to ramp back up!

The Entertainment Commission is represented on the COVID-19 County Task Force and will update our page with any new information upon direction from CEO Thurmond. I am super grateful we have honest reliable leadership in place to get us through this!

Feel free to reach out to us at info@DeKalbEntertainment.com or stay updated via our website at www.DeKalbEntertainment.com.

Wishing you Good Health, Spiritual Peace, Family Fun and Love,
Shelbia Jackson, Director
DeKalb Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Commission
DeKalb County, GA

The following information was submitted on March 23, 2020 by the Hawai'i Film Office.

Contact:
Donne Dawson, State Film Commissioner

+1 (808) 754-3456
Kelly Tolar, Film Specialist

+1 (808) 763-7401
Sandi Ichihara-Abe. Senior Film Specialist

(808) 226-6133

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
No, but there is a statewide directive for all residents to stay at home, work from home, with the exception of essential workers.

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
Yes, effective Thursday, March 26, all incoming passengers (whether returning residents or visitors) are subject to a 14-day quarantine.
https://hawaiicovid19.com/mandatory-14-day-quarantine-for-all-individuals-arriving-or-returning-to-the-state-of-hawai%CA%BBi/

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction? 
Cruise Ships are banned from disembarking in Hawai'i

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
Similar to federal directives, no more than 10 people can congregate in one place but that was before the stay at home/work from home mandate was issued.

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
All of our state agencies are shut down, including state parks so the Hawai'i Film Office is not issuing film permits until further notice. Actor, Producer, Director Daniel Dae Kim, who lives in Hawai'i was one of the earlier confirmed cases here. Please look at his two incredibly helpful posts:
https://www.instagram.com/p/B97DQshgJIN/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet&fbclid=IwAR1_dDHjv1GkhfysqEs6DA4tYgUQFMNDW0TQyaHJ5zG1E6N1nrbDa45aqT4
https://www.facebook.com/136577846385452/videos/527042041550840/UzpfSTEwMDAwMTI4MjQ1MzIxOTozMDM3NzQxNDM5NjExOTA4/

Additional Information
Visitors to Hawai'i have been urged to stay home and return home if they are already in the islands. We have extremely limited hospital beds, ICU beds and medical equipment and testing supplies so those items need to be preserved for residents.

The following information was provided on June 25, 2020 by the Illinios Film Office.

Contact:

Luis Ferrara

Louis.Ferrara@illinois.gov

All four regions of the state are currently on track to move into Phase 4 on June 26 as the state continues to make significant progress in reducing new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths.

Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan creates safety guidelines for the following permitted activities and businesses to resume, with capacity rules in place. For Film Production this will means no more than 50% of sound stage or filming location capacity; crowd scenes should be limited to 50 people or fewer. Complete guidelines can be found here.

https://dceocovid19resources.com/restore-illinois/restore-illinois-phase-4/film-production/

Film Production - dceocovid19resources.com

The Revitalization Phase of the Restore Illinois public health approach to reopening the Illinois economy includes gatherings of up to 50 people, additional businesses reopening and increased capacities.

dceocovid19resources.com

The following update was submitted on May 27, 2020 by Produce Iowa - State Office of Media Production.

Contact:

Liz Gilman, Executive Producer

liz.gilman@iowa.gov

515-725-0044

http://produceiowa.com

The State of Iowa has removed the restriction of 10 people on a working set. There are no limits for the workplace but we ask that you continue to have closed sets in order to keep crew interactions to a minimum. Everyone should also continue to practice appropriate social distancing (at least 6 feet apart) along with proper hygiene and sanitation per CDC Guidelines.

Iowa-Production-Guidelines-during-COVID-5-27-20.pdf

The update provided below was submitted May 12, 2020 by Produce Iowa - State Office of Media Production.

Contact

Liz Gilman, Executive Producer

liz.gilman@iowa.gov

515-725-0044

Please see the attached document for recommendations and guidelines for productions.

Iowa-Production-Guidelines-during-COVID-19

The information immediately below was provided on April 14, 2020 by Produce Iowa - State Office of Media Production

Contact:

Liz Gilman, Executive Producer

liz.gilman@iowa.gov

815-725-0044

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?

Iowa currently does not have a stay-at-home order.

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?

Visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel.html for full information.

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction? 

Only essential trips are encouraged.

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?

Ten people max and they must remain at a distance of six feet apart.

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?

Locations are on a case-by-case basis.

Is there any additional information you wish to provide, that may be useful to productions?https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/

The update immediately following was provided on June 29, 2020 by the KC Film Office.

Contact:

Stephane Scupham, Film Commissioner

sscupham@visitc.com

816-691-3842

Welcome to Kansas City

 

Updated Safety Guidelines include Infection Prevention Compliance Supervisor (IPCS) / Covid Coordinator introducing a 'safe word' to the cast and crew. Since an IPCS or the safety monitors can't be everywhere at once to remind people to distance, this easy word device can be introduced. A recent production in Kansas City used the term 'Spacewalk.' The word is used by anyone on set to communicate a reminder to physically distance. This new idea was received well and the production had f

A-Safe-Return-to-Production-for-KC-Film-Industry-During-COVID19_v7-final.pdf

The following information was submitted on May 20, 2020 by the KC Film Office.

Contact:

Stephane Scupham, Film Commissioner

sscupham@visitc.com

816-691-3842

The Kansas City safety guidelines have been updated - the latest version is below. The current version will always be available on our website.

A-Safe-Return-to-Production-for-KC-Film-Industry-During-COVID19_v6.pdf

 

 

 

The information immediately following was provided on May 13th, 2020 by the KC Film Office.

Contact:

Stephane Scupham, Film Commissioner

sscupham@visitc.com

816-691-3842

Welcome to Kansas City

Kansas City is allowing media and communications (filming) business to begin as of May 6. My office has collaborated on recommended safety guidelines to help area companies think through their safety playbooks as they cautiously resume the business of production. We have already had 5-6 productions film since May 6.

https://bit.ly/safereturntoproductionKC_1

The following information was submitted on November 19, 2020 by the Baton Rouge Film Commission.

Contact:

Katie Pryor, Executive Director

info@filmbatonrouge.com

225-382-3563

Baton Rouge has released Film Guidelines for Health and Safety: http://filmbatonrouge.com/filminbr/permitting/

Louisiana will stay in Phase 3 and keep its current COVID-19 mitigation measures in place. The Governor’s Phase 3 order has been extended to Friday, December 4, 2020.
P1.     There never has been any and continues to be NO prohibitions against filming, so filming may commence in Louisiana as long as the Governor’s proclamation along with any other restrictions set in place by local governing entities is adhered.

2.     The statewide filming guidelines that were issued on August 3, 2020, are designed to augment any current order/proclamation issued by the Governor as well as any additional restrictions put in place by federal or local governing entities.

3.     Other establishments not specifically mentioned in the proclamation (sound stages, production offices) are limited to 75% of the total occupancy.  See section 2 (D) (9).

4.      Large indoor gatherings and outdoor gatherings (crowds) where proper social distancing is not possible  are limited to 50% of fire marshal capacity, but not to exceed 250 people – see section 2 (E).

5.     All productions are encouraged to file a safety plan with the local governing entities that do permit if they are shooting there or if there are no permits, to have a safety plan on hand ready to submit if requested.

 

The following information was submitted on May 28, 2020 by the Baton Rouge Film Commission.

Contact:

Katie Pryor, Executive Director

info@filmbatonrouge.com

225-382-3563

Baton Rouge has released Film Guidelines for Health and Safety: http://filmbatonrouge.com/filminbr/permitting/

For more COVID information for the state of Louisiana: http://ldh.la.gov/Coronavirus/

The following information was submitted on March 26, 2020 by the Maine Film Office

Contact:
Karen Carberry Warhola, Director
Karen.CarberryWarhola@maine.gov
+1 (207) 624-9828

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
No, however, all gatherings in Maine of more than 10 people that are not essential are prohibited. Check here for updates: https://visitmaine.com/together

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has compiled a list of considerations for U.S. travelers. Find them here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html

Please refer to the CDC for the most up-to-date travel recommendations and information. Find them here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/communication-resources.html

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
Please refer to this comprehensive list of updated COVID-19 Related Travel Restrictions in Maine: https://visitmaine.com/together

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
The Governor has prohibited all gatherings in Maine of more than 10 people that are not essential or work-related. Updates can be found here: https://visitmaine.com/together

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
Please refer to this comprehensive list of updated COVID-19 Related Closures in Maine: https://visitmaine.com/together

Additional Information
For up-to-date information about the coronavirus in Maine, our prevention and response efforts, and specific guidance for businesses, travelers and others, visit the Maine CDC: https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/airborne/coronavirus.shtml

The following information was submitted August 17, 2020 by the Maryland Film Office.

Contact:

Jack Gerbes, Director

jack.gerbes@maryland.gov

410-767-6343

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
No
Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
No
Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
No
Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
No
Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
No
For additional information, please visit:

 

The following information was submitted June 11, 2020 by the Maryland Film Office.

Contact:

Jack Gerbes, Director

jack.gerbes@maryland.gov

410-767-6343

The state of Maryland has entered Stage Two of Governor Hogan's "Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery."  Under this stage, film and television production may resume.  For more information, please visit:

http://marylandfilm.org/Pages/Filming-In-Maryland.aspx

The following information was submitted on July 2, 2020 by the Baltimore Film Office.

Contact:

Debra Dorsey, Director

DDorsey@promotionandarts.org

443-263-4313

www.BaltimoreFilm.org

Baltimore City is open for production and currently issuing permits.  Please contact Debra Dorsey with any questions you may have regarding safety and health guidelines and to get your production set up in Baltimore City!

The following update was submitted on May 13, 2020 by the Massachusetts Film Office:

Contact:

Lisa Strout, Director
617.973.8400

1. Resumption of long form film and television production -
On May 11th, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced a four- phase approach to reopening Massachusetts. Under this framework, certain Industries will be allowed to reopen in phases following the mandatory statewide stay-at-home order expires May 18th (date is subject to change.) The MA Reopening Advisory Committee is currently working on Sector Specific Protocols, expected to roll out by or on May 18th, which will help inform industries of the phase in which they may, with strict guidelines, resume operations.

2.Resumption of international flights to your country-
The federal government has not established when international flights between countries will resume. Please check with State Department for specific travel advisories. In regards to Massachusetts travel, as of March 27, 2020 visitors are instructed to not travel to Massachusetts if displaying or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Additionally, all travelers arriving in Massachusetts are instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days. Health care workers, public health workers, public safety workers, transportation workers and designated essential workers are exempt from this requirement. For additional traveler information for Massachusetts, visit Massport Traveler Advisory Regarding COVID- https://www.massport.com/massport/media/newsroom/traveler-advisory-regarding-covid-19/

3. Locations that remain closed to filming-
All locations are essentially closed as Governor Baker‘s Emergency Order calls for the closure of all non-essential businesses/services/activities until at least May 18th. At that time, sector-specific protocols and timelines will begin to take shape. Note: should COVID-19 numbers spike, a reversal on opening dates could occur.

4. COVID-19 related requirements associated with film permits-
Not yet established.

5. COVID-19 impact on incentives/rebates/credits etc-
No changes at this time.

The following update was submitted on April 29, 2020 by the Massachusetts Film Office:

Contact:

Lisa Strout, Director
617.973.8400
Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
The mandate is not specific to film. Only “essential business” can operate.
Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
Those traveling into Massachusetts are urged to quarantine for 14 days
Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
No. But citizens urged to stay-at-home. And in the City of Boston, there is a curfew from 9PM - 6AM
Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
No more than 10 people gathering, except in “essential businesses” but regardless, adhering to Social Distancing guideline as set by the CDC
Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
Yes, all locations.
Is there any additional information you wish to provide, that may be useful to productions?
As is true throughout the world, this is a fluid situation and the above restrictions are as of April 6, 2020 and subject to change. As of April 28, 2020 the emergency stay at home order is in effect until May 18, 2020. For updates, please visit: http://www.mafilm.org/covid-19/

The following information was submitted on May 28, 2020 by the Michigan Film & Digital Media Office.

Contact:

Tony Garcia, Location Manager/Promotional Agent

garciat3@michigan.org

517-241-6739

https://www.michiganbusiness.org/industries/mfdmo/

Governor Whitmer’s MI Safe Start Plan is a multi-phased effort designed to re-engage Michigan’s economy. As we continue to make progress in the fight against COVID-19, we have reached the phase where advisory work groups are being formed to develop protocols for re-opening businesses in a conscience and safe manner. The tourism industry is very diverse, and in an effort to expeditiously move through this process, the industry has been broken up into 8 different subgroups; Attractions, Casinos, Tours, Community Engagement, Arts & Culture, Entertainment/Performing Arts, Accommodations & Meetings and Agritourism. MFDMO has been asked to participate and eager to represent our constituency, especially given the uptick in inquiries from film productions seeking to shoot in the state.

Governor-Whitmers-MI-Safe-Start-Plan.pdf

The following update was submitted on June 8, 2020 by the Minnesota Film & TV Office.

Contact: 

Melodie Bahan, Executive Director

melodie@mnfilmtv.org

612-767-0095

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed a new executive order (20-74) that rolls out Phase III of Minnesota’s Stay Safe Order. It will allow more businesses to reopen and allow some businesses that are open to increase their capacity. The executive order is here: https://mn.gov/governor/assets/EO%2020-74%20Final_tcm1055-434913.pdf

Steve Grove, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, also announced that new guidance will soon be available for businesses and activities that will be opening up. That information will be available here: https://staysafe.mn.gov/

 

The following information was submitted on April 10, 2020 by the Minnesota Film & TV Office.

Contact: 

Melodie Bahan, Executive Director

melodie@mnfilmtv.org

612-767-0095

Minnesota currently has a "stay at home" order through May 4, 2020, effectively shutting down all non-essential businesses.  See more at https://mn.gov/covid19/

The following update was submitted on June 12, 2020 by the Mississippi Film Office

Contact:
Nina Parikh, Director
+1 601.359.3034

 

There is no government mandate closing productions in the state of Mississippi.

For productions taking place, the Mississippi Film Office has created the following document: Suggested Best Practices for Production during COVID-19.  It can be found on our website: http://filmmississippi.org/perch/resources/covid-19-guidelinesfinal-4.pdf

The following information was submitted on March 26, 2020 by the Mississippi Film Office

Contact:
Nina Parikh, Director
+1 601.359.3034

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
No government mandate, but discouraging gatherings of more than 10 individuals

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/14,21866,420.html

Additional Information
https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/14,0,420.html

The following update was submitted on April 30th, 2020 by the Missouri Film Office.

Contact:

Andrea Sporcic, Film Commissioner

andrea.sporcic@ded.mo.gov

573-526-3566

The Governor of Missouri has released guideline for re-opening the state starting May 4. Some counties and cities across the state have varied stay at home orders in place that will need to be followed accordingly. State of Missouri Guidelines for Re-opening - https://showmestrong.mo.gov/ - this site will be updated regularly.

The following updated was submitted on May 12, 2020 by the Montana Film Office

Contact:
Allison Whitmer
Film Commissioner
allison.whitmer@mt.gov
406.461.8760

Please see the following attachment and link for updates:

Covid-19

The information immediately below was provided on March 30, 2020 by Montana Film Office

Contact:
Allison Whitmer
Film Commissioner
allison.whitmer@mt.gov
+1 406.461.8760

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
Montana is under a stay at home order, and essential businesses are the only ones operating. While not a mandate, unless you are filming for news, medical, PSA or other public health-related reasons, we are not encouraging production.

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. U.S. citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel.

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/travel-advisory-alert-global-level-4-health-advisory-issue.html

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
Prohibited and permitted travel- All travel should be limited to Essential Travel and travel
for Essential Activities. People riding on public transit must comply with social distancing to
the greatest extent feasible. When individuals need to leave their homes or residences, they
should at all times maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any person who is not a
member of their immediate household, to the greatest extent possible.

https://covid19.mt.gov/Portals/223/Documents/Stay%20at%20Home%20Directive.pdf?ver=2020-03-26-173332-177

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
All public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring
outside a household or living unit are prohibited, except for the limited purposes permitted by
this Directive.

https://covid19.mt.gov/Portals/223/Documents/Stay%20at%20Home%20Directive.pdf?ver=2020-03-26-173332-177

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
National Parks and National Forests are restricted, as are state parks and other public lands.

Additional Information
We update frequently on our social media pages -Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. Do call us directly at +1 406.461.8760 for the most updated information.

The following update was submitted October 12, 2020 by the Nebraska Film Office.

Contact:

Laurie Richards, Film Officer

Laurienebraska@gmail.com

402-202-1905

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?  No, we are open, never closed.
Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
No restrictions.
Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction? 
No
Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place? 
Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming? 
No shut down on locations.
Additional Information:
Please review our web site, Film.nebraska.gov for up to date information.

The following update was submitted August 17, 2020 by the Nebraska Film Office.

Contact:

Laurie Richards, Film Officer

Laurienebraska@gmail.com

402-202-1905

Filming is continuing in Nebraska during the pandemic. We never closed. We ask that you consider following the filming guidelines set forth by SAG/AFTRA. We ask that you prepare your guidelines and submit with your registration form. Please check out our web site: https://film.nebraska.gov/ for up to date information. Please call the office if you have any additional questions. Thank you.

 

 

The following update was submitted July 6, 2020 by the Nebraska Film Office.

Contact:

Laurie Richards, Film Officer

Laurienebraska@gmail.com

402-202-1905

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?  No.
Are there travel restrictions coming into the country? 
No.
Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?   
No
Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
No.
Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming? 
No.
Is there any additional information you wish to provide, that may be useful to productions?
Contact Laurie Richards Nebraska Film Office for more information. laurienebraska@gmail.com

The following information was submitted June 11, 2020 by the Nebraska Film Office.

Contact:

Laurie Richards, Film Officer

Laurienebraska@gmail.com

402-202-1905

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?

There is no shut down, and there never was one in Nebraska.

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country? 

From the NFO web site:  film.nebraska.gov
Restriction on travel for international travelers coming into Nebraska.
ALL SUBJECT TO CHANGE. CHECK WEB SITE FOR UPDATES.

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?

None.
Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?

Check the website and Suggested Guidelines

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?

Some locations may not be available due to the pandemic.  But you should check with the NFO for specific location needs or inquiries.

Is there any additional information you wish to provide, that may be useful to productions?

Be smart.  Follow the physical distancing guidelines from the DHHS.  Spend more time in pre-production.  Do not make hasty decisions that may jeopardize your cast and crew and your location.

The following information was submitted on April 15, 2020 by New Jersey Motion Picture & Television Commission

Contact:

Steven Gorelick, Executive Director

njfilm@sos.nj.gov

As this challenging situation evolves with each passing day, we want the production community to know that the NJ Motion Picture & Television Commission remains open and ready to assist. Our website - www.film.nj.gov - is rich with production resources and our staff members are available now to help: njfilm@sos.nj.gov

The following information was submitted on June 8, 2020 by the New Mexico Film Office.

Contact:

Amber Dobson

info@nmfilm.com

505-476-5600

 

Production is temporarily halted in New Mexico due to COVID-19.  The health safety of our citizens and workforce is of paramount importance, and the Governor has not yet greenlit a date for safe production resumption.  When production resumes, the New Mexico Film Office will release recommendations that have been shaped by local film industry experts and are in alignment with the AMPTP’s “Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force Proposed Health and Safety Guidelines for Motion Picture, Television, Streaming Productions During the COVID-19 Pandemic”.  For information and updates, please visit: www.nmfilm.com or reach out to the New Mexico Film Office at: 505.476.5600.

The following update was submitted on August 10, 2020 by Film Albany.

Contact:
Deb Goedeke,  Film Commissioner
dgoedeke@albany.org
+1 518-434-1217 x100

The Capital Region and Albany, NY has entered Phase 4 of NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo's Guidelines which includes media and production projects....Albany County, NY is currently accepting filming requests and evaluating the project's total footprint as they are presented to our film office. Once approved to move forward, each production company will need to read the NYS Safety Guidelines AND complete a Business Safety Template in order to begin filming. Please visit our website for additional information www.filmalbany.com Thank you, we look forward to answering any of your questions and/or concerns.

 

 

The following update was submitted on June 17, 2020 by Film Albany.

Contact:
Deb Goedeke,  Film Commissioner
dgoedeke@albany.org
+1 518-434-1217 x100

The Capital Region and Albany, NY has entered Phase 3 of NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo's Guidelines....Albany County, NY is evaluating each filming request and the project's total footprint as they are presented to our film office. If approved to move forward, each production company will need to read the NYS Safety Guidelines AND complete a Business Safety Template in order to begin filming. Please visit our website for additional information. Thank you, we look forward to answering any of your questions and/or concerns.

The following information was submitted on March 26, 2020 by Film Albany.

Contact:
Deb Goedeke,  Film Commissioner
dgoedeke@albany.org
+1 518-434-1217 x100

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
No; however, abiding by Governor Cuomo's mandate - no gatherings of more than 50 persons.

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction? If yes, please provide details including links to official sites.
All non-essential workers staying home....film commissioner working remotely...

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
Yes.
New York State Department of Health
https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/travel-large-gatherings-and-quarantines

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
No

Additional Information
Feel free to reach out with any additional questions: +1 518-434-1217 x100.

The following update was submitted on November 2, 2020 by Film Rochester.

Contact:

Nora Brown
Nbrown@filmrochester.org
+1 585-455-0505

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?

No

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
Travelers Must Get Tested Within Three Days Prior to Landing in New York, Quarantine for at Least Three Days Upon Arrival, and Get a Test on Day Four of Arrival If Travelers Receive a Negative Test On Day Four of Quarantine They May Exit Quarantine When They Receive Negative Result States that are Contiguous with New York Continue to Be Exempted from Quarantine Protocol — Essential Workers Also Continue to be Exempted Travelers Who Were Only Out of State for Less Than 24 Hours Do Not Need to Quarantine but Must Get a Test on Day Four of Arrival Back in NY All Travelers Covered by The Advisory Must Continue to Fill Out Traveler Health Form Upon Arrival Into New York Stat
Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
Yes Travelers Must Get Tested Within Three Days Prior to Landing in New York, Quarantine for at Least Three Days Upon Arrival, and Get a Test on Day Four of Arrival If Travelers Receive a Negative Test On Day Four of Quarantine They May Exit Quarantine When They Receive Negative Result States that are Contiguous with New York Continue to Be Exempted from Quarantine Protocol — Essential Workers Also Continue to be Exempted Travelers Who Were Only Out of State for Less Than 24 Hours Do Not Need to Quarantine but Must Get a Test on Day Four of Arrival Back in NY All Travelers Covered by The Advisory Must Continue to Fill Out Traveler Health Form Upon Arrival Into New York Stat
Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming? 
City and County owned buildings

Additional Informtional:

Certified Covid Compliance Officers and Set Health & Safety suppliers available

 

The following update was submitted on July 21, 2020 by Film Rochester.

Contact:

Nora Brown
Nbrown@filmrochester.org
+1 585-455-0505

Under Phase 4 for reopening the state’s economy, Pre- and Principle Photography and Post-Production have now been authorized to resume operations.  You must comply with all safety guidelines for your industry and health and safety guidance issued by the state.

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?Not currently-

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?

Yes- some US federal restrictions in place

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?

Yes- some travel from some states is still being regulated.

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?

Yes – NYS mandate to reduce workforce by no less than 50% of the total capacity of the space.

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?

City and County buildings are closed to the public – however filming permits are still being accepted and processed

Additional Information:

Film commission staff are  available to advise on status of restrictions. Film commissioner Nora Brown can be reached 24/7 via mobile phone 585-455-0505

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The following update was submitted on June 8, 2020 by Film Rochester.

Contact:

Nora Brown
Nbrown@filmrochester.org
+1 585-455-0505

Under Phase 2 for reopening the state’s economy, certain aspects of Pre- and Post-Production have now been authorized to resume certain operations with restrictions in specific regions of New York State as part of Phase 2 of its reopening plan. No principal photography is permitted that congregates a total of over 10 people together for one shoot. In order to operate, you must comply with all safety guidelines for your industry, (approved PPE and appropriate social distance, as well as any additional health and safety guidance issued by the state.

The Rochester/Finger Lakes regions anticipate beginning Phase 3 as early as Friday June 12th. Updates to follow.

The following information was submitted on March 19, 2020 by Film Rochester.

Contact:

Nora Brown
Nbrown@filmrochester.org
+1 585-455-0505

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
Not currently- but all non essential businesses urged to consider closing

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
Yes-US federal restrictions in place

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
State of emergency for several counties surrounding Rochester region

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
Yes – NYS mandate to reduce workforce by no less than 50% – make accommodations for released staff to work from home.

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
City and County buildings are closed to the public- all universities are closed

Additional Information
Film commission staff are working from their homes -but available to advise on status of restrictions. Film commissioner Nora Brown can be reached 24/7 via mobile phone 585-455-0505

The following information was provided on June 9, 2020 by the NY Governor’s Office of Motion Picture and Television Development

Contact:

Yoni Bokser, Acting Executive Director

nyfilm@esd.ny.gov

212-803-2330

The most accurate and up-to-date information regarding New York openings and standards may be found by visiting the New York Forward website: https://forward.ny.gov/

The following information was updated on October 15, 2020 by the North Carolina Film Office.

Contact:

Guy Gaster, Director

guy@filmnc.com

919-447-7800

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
North Carolina is currently OPEN for production and at this time there are NO quarantine requirements for those coming from out-of-state. The state is currently in Phase 3  (of 3) of its return process.
Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
There remain NO travel or quarantine restrictions for entering North Carolina.
Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction? 
There are no travel restrictions within North Carolina.
Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
While the state continues to have restrictions on mass gatherings, this does NOT apply to production sets as gatherings "for work" are exempt per Section 7 of Executive Order 141.
Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?Filming may possibly still be done on locations that remain closed to the public at this time depending on the production's size and the production's COVID-19 mitigation measures.
Additional information:
Note that face coverings are required in public places, both indoor and outdoor. Permits are handled on a local level and the state film office is happy to assist in getting in touch with the appropriate individuals to discuss if there are any additional limitations locally. The North Carolina Film Office encourages productions that do film in the state to follow the guidance of the "Industry White Paper" as well as the additional safety measures as outlined in the SAG/DGA/Teamsters/IATSE COVID-19 Safety Procedures and Guidelines report.

 

The following information was updated on September 9, 2020 by the North Carolina Film Office.

Contact:

Guy Gaster, Director

guy@filmnc.com

919-447-7800

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
North Carolina is currently OPEN for production and at this time there are NO quarantine requirements for those coming from out-of-state. The state is currently in Phase 2.5  (of 3) of its return process.
Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
There remain NO travel or quarantine restrictions for entering North Carolina.
Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction? 
There are no travel restrictions within North Carolina.
Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
While the state continues to have restrictions on mass gatherings, this does NOT apply to production sets as gatherings "for work" are exempt per Section 7 of Executive Order 141.
Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?Filming may possibly still be done on locations that remain closed to the public at this time depending on the production's size and the production's COVID-19 mitigation measures.
Additional information:
Note that face coverings are required in public places, both indoor and outdoor. Permits are handled on a local level and the state film office is happy to assist in getting in touch with the appropriate individuals to discuss if there are any additional limitations locally. The North Carolina Film Office encourages productions that do film in the state to follow the guidance of the "Industry White Paper" as well as the additional safety measures as outlined in the SAG/DGA/Teamsters/IATSE COVID-19 Safety Procedures and Guidelines report.

The following information was updated on July 27, 2020 by the North Carolina Film Office.

Contact:

Guy Gaster, Director

guy@filmnc.com

919-447-7800

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
North Carolina is currently OPEN for production and at this time there are NO quarantine requirements for those coming from out-of-state. The state is currently in Phase 2 (of 3) of its return process.
Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
There remain NO travel or quarantine restrictions for entering North Carolina.
Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction? 
There are no travel restrictions within North Carolina.
Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
While the state continues to have restrictions on mass gatherings, this does NOT apply to production sets as gatherings "for work" are exempt per Section 7 of Executive Order 141.
Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?Filming may possibly still be done on locations that remain closed to the public at this time depending on the production's size and the production's COVID-19 mitigation measures.
Additional information:
Note that face coverings are required in public places, both indoor and outdoor. Permits are handled on a local level and the state film office is happy to assist in getting in touch with the appropriate individuals to discuss if there are any additional limitations locally. The North Carolina Film Office encourages productions that do film in the state to follow the guidance of the "Industry White Paper" as well as the additional safety measures as outlined in the SAG/DGA/Teamsters/IATSE COVID-19 Safety Procedures and Guidelines report.

The following information was submitted on May 4, 2020 by the North Carolina Film Office.

Contact:

Guy Gaster, Film Commissioner

guy@filmnc.com

919-447-7800

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
North Carolina is currently under a "stay-at-home" executive order. More on this executive order, which currently runs until May 8, can be found here: https://governor.nc.gov/news/governor-extends-stay-home-order-through-may-8-plans-three-phase-lifting-restrictions-based
Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
No restrictions coming into the state
Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction? Travel remains to be discouraged unless it is needed to get essential goods/items, exercising outdoors, and/or for helping a family member.
Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
The current executive order limits groups to no more than 10 people (more info on executive order: https://governor.nc.gov/news/governor-extends-stay-home-order-through-may-8-plans-three-phase-lifting-restrictions-based)
Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
See answers for questions 6 and 8
Is there any additional information you wish to provide, that may be useful to productions?
Permitting is handled on a local basis and therefore one municipality may be willing to issue a permit (provided it falls within the perimeters of the statewide executive order), another may not. Contact the film office to get contacts for individual municipalities.

The following update was submitted on August 10, 2020 by the Cleveland Film Office.

Contact: 

Mike Wendt
mwendt@clevelandfilm.com
+1 216-344-7401

All businesses that were previously closed are now open.

The ban on public gatherings for over 10 people have been raised to approximately 50 (with proper ppe and social distancing).

Currently the city of Cleveland is not reviewing Street/Sidewalk Obstruction Permits until at least September 30th, but filming at private residences and or businesses is permitted.

 

 

The following update was submitted on May 20, 2020 by the Cleveland film Office.

Contact: 

Mike Wendt
mwendt@clevelandfilm.com
+1 216-344-7401

Permits are now being issued for productions on a case by case basis and with strict crew member limitations.

Information immediately below was provided on March 19th, 2020 by:
Cleveland Film
https://www.clevelandfilm.com/

Contact:
Mike Wendt
mwendt@clevelandfilm.com
+1 216-344-7401

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
Not necessarily but the office that submits the permits are closed.

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
Per US order most borders are shut to essential travel only.

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
Travel is not shut down, but it is not encouraged.

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
10 people

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
Movie theaters, salons, barbershops, stadiums, bowling alleys, restaurants, hospitals.

Is there any additional information you wish to provide, that may be useful to productions?
We encourage people to reach out and get things ready for when production is up and running.

The following update was submitted on June 4, 2020 by the Greater Columbus Film Commission.

Contact:

John Daugherty, Film Commissioner/Director

john@filmcolumbus.com

614-224-8648

FIlm-Cols-Film-Production-Guidelines-v02.pdf

 

The following information was submitted on April 13, 2020 by Film Columbus.

Contact:

John Daugherty, Executive Director

john@filmcolumbus.com

614-221-8648

Film Columbus has set up a special COVID 19 page on our website to provide resources, emergency relief funds, and updated information. It is updated there on a regular basis. For links and up to date information go to: www.filmcolumbus.com/special-provisions

Updated 4/10/20, 11:36am

Emergency Relief Grants for artists, filmmakers, production companies:
To help local filmmakers, Film Columbus and the Greater Columbus Arts Council is providing Emergency Relief Grants. If you are a Franklin County resident (Ohio), for more information go here: https://www.gcac.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Grants-COVID-19.pdf

GCAC/Film Columbus grants, deadlines and funding information for organizations and individuals:
Film Columbus and the Greater Columbus Arts Council are closely monitoring the evolving situation surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and we are in direct contact with local and state health officials. This webpage is designed to provide a central point to provide resources for those filmmakers, production companies, GCAC applicants, grantees, event participants, and others to stay current with this rapidly evolving situation. The page will be updated as needed, and it includes resources and links to the most current guidance and directives from local, state and national health officials.

At 3 p.m. on March 12, Governor Mike DeWine issued an Executive Order requiring the cancellation of any event for 100 people or more. In addition, all k-12 schools will be closed from end of day Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 3. At 9 p.m. on March 15, all dine-in service at Ohio restaurants and bars has been suspended until further notice. In the absence of a firm expiration date of the state order, events though April 3 are being cancelled, with regular evaluation of the situation after that time. Please visit the Ohio Department of Health’s COVID-19 Resources page for additional information: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/home

Update 3/22/20: Dr. Amy Acton, Director of the Ohio Department of Health, and Governor Mike DeWine have issued a Stay at Home Order unless engaged in essential work or activity. More information can be found here.

ArtistRelief.org (4/10/20):
Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists. For more information go here: https://www.artistrelief.org

Filing for Unemployment (4/10/20):
For information on unemployment insurance from Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services go here: https://jfs.ohio.gov/ouio/CoronavirusAndUI.stm

Update from IATSE, additional coverage under the CARES act (3/30/20):
IATSE launches IATSE CARES, resources for film industry crew. For more information go here: https://iatsecares.org

In its latest response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, Congress has passed a third package of emergency relief legislation, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security “CARES” Act. This bill will provide tangible and immediate economic relief for entertainment workers across the United States, many of whom found themselves out of work overnight due to COVID-19 related cancellations across all sectors of the entertainment industry.

Entertainment freelance, or gig, workers who expected to work for a day, week, month, or season on a production are now without planned wages and benefits indefinitely. Current state unemployment insurance benefits tend to be insufficient for entertainment workers, and many are not eligible for the paid leave expansion in the newly passed Families First Coronavirus Response Act because of the unique nature of freelance work.

IATSE members and allies sent over 106,000 letters to Congress urging lawmakers to include displaced entertainment workers in the next legislative relief package, and our voices were heard. IATSE commends Congress for expanding access to economic support for loss of work related to COVID-19.

The CARES Act contains the following key provisions:
· Creates a temporary Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program to provide payment to those not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits who are unable to work as a direct result of the coronavirus public health emergency. This includes entertainment workers with limited work history and scheduled, or offered, work that did not commence.
· Provides an additional $600 per week payment to each recipient of unemployment insurance or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance recipient for up to four months.
· Provides an additional 13 weeks of unemployment benefits to help those who remain unemployed after weeks of state unemployment are no longer available.
· Provides one-time recovery checks of $1,200 for all individuals with adjusted gross income up to $75,000; $112,500 for head of household. All married couples, with adjusted gross income up to $150,000 who file a joint return, are eligible for $2,400. Those amounts increase by $500 for every child. The rebate amount is reduced by $5 for each $100 a taxpayer’s income exceeds the phase-out threshold. The amount is completely phased-out for single filers with incomes exceeding $99,000, $136,500 for head of household filers, and $198,000 for joint filers.
· Waives the 10-percent early withdrawal penalty for distributions up to $100,000 from qualified retirement accounts for coronavirus-related purposes.

Entertainment workers will now receive economic support to help make up for the income lost due to cancelled or postponed work, and that money will soon be in the hands of working families.

However, our work is not done – the crisis continues and so does the fight. The IATSE remains focused on ensuring that subsequent COVID-19 relief legislation includes pension relief, access to affordable healthcare, economic support for the entertainment industry to put people back to work, and increased federal arts funding to assist arts nonprofits and other employers in financing projects and performances. We also stand in solidarity with our brothers, sisters, and kin on the front lines of this coronavirus pandemic and call for increased safety and protections as they seek to help others.

We look forward to the day when entertainment workers can start helping the country heal, but we must first mitigate this public health crisis and ensure we sustain working people until they can safely return to work.

Applications Being Accepted for Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (3/30/20):
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Go here: https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted today announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved their request to allow small businesses and nonprofits in Ohio to apply for low-interest, long-term loans of up to $2 million through the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. For information go here: https://governor.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/governor/media/news-and-media/applications-accepted-for-economic-injury-disaster-loan-order-to-expand-telehealth-services-for-medicaid-recipients

Facebook Small Business Grants Program (3/31/20):
Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries where we operate. They will share more details as they become available. https://www.facebook.com/business/boost/grants

COVID-19 resource links:
https://www.gcac.org/covid-19/
https://iatsecares.org
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/videos.html
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/factsheets.html
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
https://www.state.gov/coronavirus/

Emergency assistance for actors:
https://actorsfund.org

Emergency assistance for musicians:
https://www.grammy.com/musicares

SMALL BUSINESS EMERGENCY LOAN FROM OHIO STATEWIDE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (OSDC)
If you currently have a loan with OSDC or are a business that could benefit from one during this uncertain time, please call OSDC at 614-481-3214 for help. In addition to loan assistance OSDC can also provide guidance, advice, and updates on State and Federal relief efforts as they become available.

To help pass the time:
American Film Institute's checklist of top 10 films: https://www.afi.com/afis-10-top-10/
Tribeca curated shorts: https://www.tribecafilm.com/news/now-streaming-curated-shorts-from-tribeca-film-festival-alumni

The following information was submitted on May 11, 2020 by the Cherokee Nation Film Office.

Contact: 

Ahsley Andoe, Film Office Manager

ashley.andoe@cn-bus-com

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
No
Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
No
Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
No
Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
Yes and no. In some areas, gatherings are limited to fewer than ten people. In other areas there are no restrictions.
Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
All Cherokee Nation casinos are closed
Is there any additional information you wish to provide, that may be useful to productions?
Cherokee Nation is a 14-county tribal jurisdiction in Northeastern Oklahoma.

The following information was submitted on March 19, 2020 by the Pittsburgh Film Office.

Contact:

Dawn Keezer
dkeezer@pghfilm.org
+1 412-261-2744
https://www.pghfilm.org/

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
No gatherings more than 50, so essentially yes.

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
Limited to 50

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
No

Additional Information
Call or email us to help you. We are working from home but have access to all of our files.

The following update was submitted on May 20, 2020 by the Tennessee Film Commission.

Contact:

Bob Raines, Executive Director/Gisela Moore, Project Manager

615-741-3456

Currently,  state agencies are referring  ALL industry sectors to Executive Order #30 and the Tennessee Pledge, which is applicable to media production:

Executive Order #30 https://publications.tnsosfiles.com/pub/execorders/exec-orders-lee30.pdf     and

TN Pledge https://www.tn.gov/governor/covid-19/economic-recovery/general-guidelines-for-businesses.html

Also, the Health Guidelines and Economic Recovery Group Guidelines sited by the Executive Order #30 is below:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html

https://www.tn.gov/governor/covid-19/economic-recovery/

https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html

Important to Note:  There are 6 counties that have their own health department and are not under the State of TN reopening guidelines.  These counties include: Davidson (Nashville),  Hamilton (Chattanooga), Knox (Knoxville), Madison (Jackson), Shelby (Memphis) and Sullivan (Kingsport).  These counties will be publishing their own guidelines and reopening recommendations.   Below are the current resources for local municipalities we have available.

We recommend that all State and local guidelines be reviewed and addressed prior to moving forward with any production activities.

The information that follows directly below was uopdated on April 23th, 2020 by the Tennessee Film Commission.

Contact:

Bob Raines, Executive Director/Gisela Moore, Project Manager

615-741-3456

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?

No. However, the TN Entertainment Commission is following the mandates of Governor Lee:  https://www.tn.gov/governor/covid-19.html

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?  Essential travel only.

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
Essential travel only.

Are there limits on the number of people who can congrial travel onlyegate/work in one place? 

Yes. No more than 10 people.
Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming? 
Yes, the TN State Buildings.
Is there any additional information you wish to provide, that may be useful to productions?

The following update was submitted on July 17, 2020, by the Texas Film Commission.

Contact:

Steven McCaig, Program Specialist, steven.mccaig@gov.texas.gov

512-463-9200

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?Effective 06/03/2020, on-set/on-location media production may operate provided they can comply with state-recommended safety guidelines, as outlined in the Open Texas Checklist for Media Production, which can be found here - https://open.texas.gov/uploads/files/organization/opentexas/OpenTexas-Checklist-Media-Production.pdf

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
Several Presidential proclamations established restrictions on the entry of certain travelers into the United States in an effort to help slow the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). More information on those proclamations can be found here - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/from-other-countries.html
Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
As of May 21, 2020, under Governor Abbott’s Executive Order (GA-24), all inbound air travel restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic are terminated, effective immediately. For out-of-state cast and crew returning home from work in Texas, please reference your state and local jurisdictions for any applicable travel restrictions in place for travel originating in Texas.
Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
Per Governor Abbot’s Open Texas Checklist for Media Production, productions should limit the number of individuals indoors at any time to 50% of the building’s capacity, while still allowing for 6 feet of spacing between individuals at all times. Effective 07/02/20, Governor Abbott issued a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of over 10 people, and making it mandatory that, with certain exceptions, people cannot be in groups larger than ten and must maintain six feet of social distancing from others. That proclamation can be found here - https://open.texas.gov/uploads/files/organization/opentexas/DISASTER-proclamation-amending-GA-28-mass-gatherings-IMAGE-07-02-2020.pdf Productions will need to work with the local municipality to better understand all orders. Regional Texas Film Commissions or Film Friendly Texas communities are available to help identify any applicable restrictions.
Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?As of this time, Media Production has been classified as an allowable business sector across the State of Texas.
Is there any additional information you wish to provide, that may be useful to productions?Effective 07/02/2020, Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions. That Executive Order can be found here - https://open.texas.gov/uploads/files/organization/opentexas/EO-GA-29-use-of-face-coverings-during-COVID-19-IMAGE-07-02-2020.pdf

 

The following update was submitted on June 4, 2020 by the Texas Film Commission.

Contact:

Taylor Hertsenberg, Sr. Marketing Specialist

taylor.hertsenberg@gov.texas.gov
512-463-2522

http://gov.texas.gov/film

Please see attached PDF for all updates; questions that are highlighted are ones with updated answers.

AFCI_COVID19-Production-Resource_TFCUpdate_06042020.pdf

The following update was submitted on May 14, 2020 by the Texas Film Commission.

Contact:

Steven McCaig, Program Specialist

steven.mccaig@gov.texas.gov

512-463-9200

Who is/are the best contact(s) for production inquiries at your office?
The Texas Film Commission has a production staff of 12 that are available to answer inquiries. Please contact us at film@gov.texas.gov or 512-463-9200.

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?  

While the State of Texas is currently implementing protocols for certain businesses to re-open, on-location film, television and commercial productions are not included as Phase 1 business sectors encompassed in the Governor's plan to Open Texas. Therefore, future permitting inquiries will be received on a case-by-case basis. They will also be subject to future Executive Orders by the Governor and will still need to consider gathering restrictions and health and safety standards and guidelines in accordance with the CDC. For more information: https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-announces-phase-one-to-open-texas-establishes-statewide-minimum-standard-health-protocols

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
Yes; please see federal guidelines on travel restrictions to the U.S. as mandated by the White House: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-information.html

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
There is a statewide executive order for all Texans to minimize non-essential gatherings and in-person contact with people who are not in the same household. The protocols allow exceptions for essential activities and services based on the Department of Homeland Security’s guidelines on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce (https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforce). Examples of these essential services include healthcare, grocery stores, banking and financial services, utilities, child care for essential service employees, and government services. Furthermore, under GA-20, the mandated 14-day quarantine for travelers from the following areas remains in place: California; Connecticut; New York; New Jersey; Washington; Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan, and Miami, Florida. More information: https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-announces-phase-one-to-open-texas-establishes-statewide-minimum-standard-health-protocols

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
There is a statewide executive order for all Texans to minimize non-essential gatherings and in-person contact with people who are not in the same household. The protocols allow exceptions for essential activities and services based on the Department of Homeland Security’s guidelines on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce (https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforce). Examples of these essential services include healthcare, grocery stores, banking and financial services, utilities, child care for essential service employees, and government services. More information: https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-announces-phase-one-to-open-texas-establishes-statewide-minimum-standard-health-protocols

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
While the State of Texas is currently implementing protocols for certain businesses to re-open, on-location film, television and commercial productions are not included as Phase 1 business sectors encompassed in the Governor's plan to Open Texas. Therefore, future permitting inquiries will be received on a case-by-case basis. They will also be subject to future Executive Orders by the Governor and will still need to consider gathering restrictions and health and safety standards and guidelines in accordance with the CDC. The Texas Film Commission production department is also available to provide for guidance on contact information for community-based representatives. https://gov.texas.gov/film/page/location_services

Is there any additional information you wish to provide, that may be useful to productions?
We advise productions to follow the advice and precautions as listed by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS): https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/.

Updates to statewide executive orders and protocols can be found on the Office of the Governor’s website: https://gov.texas.gov/news.

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The updated information below was provided on April 10th, 2020 by:

Contact:  Taylor Hertsenberg, Senior Marketing Specialist

taylor.hertsenberg@gov.texas.gov

Who is/are the best contact(s) for production inquiries at your office?  
The Texas Film Commission has a production staff of 12 that are available to answer inquiries. Please contact us at film@gov.texas.gov or 512-463-9200.

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
There is a statewide executive order for all Texans to minimize non-essential gatherings and in-person contact with people who are not in the same household. The protocols allow exceptions for essential activities and services based on the Department of Homeland Security’s guidelines on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce (https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforce). Examples of these essential services include healthcare, grocery stores, banking and financial services, utilities, child care for essential service employees, and government services. More information: https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-issues-executive-order-implements-statewide-essential-services-and-activities-protocols

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
Yes; please see federal guidelines on travel restrictions to the U.S. as mandated by the White House: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-information.html

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
There is a statewide executive order for all Texans to minimize non-essential gatherings and in-person contact with people who are not in the same household. The protocols allow exceptions for essential activities and services based on the Department of Homeland Security’s guidelines on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce (https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforce). Examples of these essential services include healthcare, grocery stores, banking and financial services, utilities, child care for essential service employees, and government services. More information: https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-issues-executive-order-implements-statewide-essential-services-and-activities-protocols

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
There is a statewide executive order for all Texans to minimize non-essential gatherings and in-person contact with people who are not in the same household. The protocols allow exceptions for essential activities and services based on the Department of Homeland Security’s guidelines on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce (https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforce). Examples of these essential services include healthcare, grocery stores, banking and financial services, utilities, child care for essential service employees, and government services. More information: https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-issues-executive-order-implements-statewide-essential-services-and-activities-protocols

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
Production should be limited to crews of less than 10 people, and will need to work with Texas city municipalities to determine if filming is possible.  The Texas Film Commission production department is also available to provide for guidance on contact information for community-based representatives.  https://gov.texas.gov/film/page/location_services

Is there any additional information you wish to provide, that may be useful to productions?
We advise productions to follow the advice and precautions as listed by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS): https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/.

Updates to statewide executive orders and protocols can be found on the Office of the Governor’s website: https://gov.texas.gov/news.

The following update was submitted on June 4, 2020 by the Austin Film Commission

Contact:
Brian Gannon, Director
bgannon@visitaustin.org
+1 512-583-7230

http://www.austinfilmcommission.com

Effective 06/03/2020, on-set/on-location media production may operate provided they can comply with state-recommended safety guidelines, as outlined in the Open Texas Checklist for Media Production. Full States of TexasRequirements can be found here: https://open.texas.gov/uploads/files/organization/opentexas/OpenTexas-Checklist-Media-Production.pdf

The City of Austin will follow suit per state mandate. As with all the local jurisdictions, at points, there may be some limits on public property use (i.e. parks, streets, sidewalks) for public safety but as far as local permitting, each permit will be looked at on a case-by-case basis as they always have while also making sure productions meet the Governor’s requirements. As always, private properties use is at the discretion of the owner or manager of said property.

The following information was submitted on March 26, 2020 by the Austin Film Commission

Contact:
Brian Gannon, Director
bgannon@visitaustin.org
+1 512-583-7230

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
City of Austin has a Stay at Home order in place until April 13.

All public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or dwelling unit are prohibited, with exception to essential activities or essential work or members of a household or dwelling unit.

In addition, until May 1, 2020, unless terminated or modified by a subsequent Order, the Mayor of the City
of Austin, Texas, deems it in the public interest to PROHIBIT anywhere in the City of Austin, Social Gatherings of more than 10 people.

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
All non-essential businesses: restaurants, stores, museums and venues are not accessible at this time. Parks & Recreation buildings and temporarily closed as well. City-owned properties including streets and sidewalks will not be permitted for filming due safety.

Additional Information:
This is a fluid situation. Please reach out or check AustinFilmCommission.com for local updates.

The following update was submitted on June 3, 2020 from the Dallas Film Commission:

Contact:

Janis Burklund, Director/Film Commissioner

janis@visitdallas.com

214-571-1050

Effective today, 6/3/2020, on-set/on-location media production may operate provided they can comply with state-recommended safety guidelines, as outlined in the Open Texas Checklist for Media Production.
https://open.texas.gov/uploads/files/organization/opentexas/OpenTexas-Checklist-Media-Production.pdf

The following update was submitted on May 21, 2020 from the Dallas Film Commission:

Contact:

Janis Burklund, Director/Film Commissioner

janis@visitdallas.com

214-571-1050

Offices are now allowed to operate again at 25% capacity (including production offices) and the Governor just lifted the 14 day travel quarantine.  The Governor’s Offices has not included filming as an approved activity yet

Here’s a link to the press release regarding travel:

https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-issues-executive-order-terminating-air-travel-restrictions-related-to-covid-19-pandemic?fbclid=IwAR2ujQ0pZ9NTpL1_MxiR_chEitI5mtvBed5kWQhmeJoCz2rggP43h2SYy-g

Information immediately below was provided on April 13th, 2020 from the Dallas Film Commission by:

Janis Burklund, Director/Film Commissioner

janis@visitdallas.com

214-571-1050

COVID-19 Related News & Assistance can be found here - https://www.dallasfilmcommission.com/covid-19/

We can be reached at film@visitdallas.com & 214-571-1050 (leave a message & the system will alert us)

The following information was submitted on March 28, 2020 by El Paso Film Commission

Contact:
Drew Mayer-Oakes, Film Commissioner
film@destinationelpaso.com
+1-915-534-0698

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
Shelter in place/essential businesses only

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
Yes. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/from-other-countries.html

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
See http://epstrong.org/closures.php

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
http://epstrong.org/closures.php

The following information was submitted on March 19, 2020 by the Fort Worth Film Commission,

Contact
Jessica Christopherson
jessicachristopherson@fortworth.com

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
No gatherings larger than 50 people including productions.

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
U.S. restrictions apply to Texas.

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
Same as the U.S. restrictions.

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
50 people

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filmin?
Yes, several locations such as restaurants, museums and venues are not accessible at this time. Parks & Recreation buildings and temporarily closed as well.

Additional Information
As this issue is constantly changing, if productions have questions we suggest they email us at filmcommission@fortworth.com to find out the latest. https://www.fortworth.com/coronavirus/

The following information was submitted on March 19, 2020 by the South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Contact:
Ed Caum, CVB Director
+1 956-433-8214

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
No

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
No

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
Yes, 50 per venue and no more than groups of ten on the beach.

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
No

 

The following update was submitted on May 1, 2020 by the Utah Film Commission.

Contact:

Derek Mellus, Production Manager

film@utah.gov

800-453-8824  or8 01-538-8740

Utah Film Commission

As of September 23, 2020, Utah has moved from a state of “Stabilization” to a state of “Recovery” as part of the Utah Leads Together Plan (https://coronavirus.utah.gov/utah-leads-together/).

While Provo City and Orem City are still in the Orange (Moderate-risk) phase, Salt Lake County and other counties are in the Yellow (Low-Risk) and Green (New Normal) phase. Read more about the specific instructions and guidelines in these areas here (https://coronavirus.utah.gov/utahs-health-guidance-system/).

Please refer to the Phased Guidelines for the General Public and Businesses to Maximize Public Health and Economic Reactivation (https://coronavirus-download.utah.gov/Health/Utah_Phased_Guidelines_.pdf) that any production must implement to manage the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Read more at https://film.utah.gov/blog/covid19-protocols/

Interested in filming in Utah?
Complete this brief production inquiry form (https://forms.gle/23dS1Ppmjoc7hYGK7) so we can better understand how best to support your production.

Utah Gauidelines Sept 2020


The following update was submitted on May 1, 2020 by the Utah Film Commission.

Contact:

Virginia Pearce, Director

vpearce@utah.gov

801-538-8740

New guidelines for Utah go into effect on May 1st and raise the limit of people in a group gathering from 10 to 20. Most permitting agencies will want to see a production's COVID response plan that can follow the State of Utah's guidelines. For more information, please visit our website at https://film.utah.gov/blog/covid19-resources/

State guidelines can be found here https://coronavirus-download.utah.gov/Health/Phased%20Health%20Guidelines%20V3.pdf

Information immediately below was updated on April 13th, 2020 by:
Utah Film Commission

Contact:
Derek Mellus
dmellus@utah.gov
+1 801-538-8740

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
Not specifically, but in order to comply with the State's  Stay Safe, Stay Home directive most all film production has ceased.

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
Besides the Stay Safe, Stay Home directive, our state government has issued an order effective April 10- May 1, 2020 mandating that individuals 18 years or older must fill out a travel declaration form when entering Utah through either our highway system or Salt Lake Intl'l airport.  The declaration form can be found here: entry.utah.gov

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
Our state gov has prohibited all non-essential travel by employees but there isn’t a travel ban for visitors or residents.

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
It is recommended that no more than 10 people should gather and that they follow CDC recommended guidelines. Restaurants & bars are closed to inside dining. Other pertaining State/Local Directives and Orders can be found here: https://coronavirus.utah.gov/special-orders/

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?

There are several businesses considered non-essential that have been closed by their individual county government health departments. The National Parks and other National Monuments in Utah have all been closed except for through travel for local residents on state routes.

The following update was submitted on May 22, 2020 by the Virginia Film Office

Contact:
Virginia Film Office
+1 800.854.6233
www.film.virginia.org

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
Virginia is currently open to all safe, responsible production, following the suggested best health and safety practices set forth by the Virginia Department of Health, and Governor Northam’s Guidelines for All Business Sectors. These guidelines and more information are available on our website dedicated to COVID-19 impact updates: www.film.virginia.org/covid-19-updates/

 Overall, the majority of Virginia has entered Phase I of the Governor’s Forward Virginia plan, which eases public health restrictions on non-essential businesses, including public-facing, such as restaurants and retail.  https://www.virginia.gov/coronavirus/forwardvirginia/

 Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
Yes, USA restrictions are changing daily. Please visit https://www.state.gov/.  

 Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
Virginians and those within the state are encouraged to avoid non-essential travel.

 Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
Production and businesses not open to public are not under specific limits.  They are encouraged to follow Governor Northam’s Guidelines for All Business Sectors, on our website mentioned above.  Social gatherings are limited to 10 people through June 10. 

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
Locations are operating on a case-by-case basis.  Please reach out to film office staff for specific inquiries.

 

Is there any additional information you wish to provide, that may be useful to productions?
Please stay tuned to our website for all updates and latest safety guidelines for Virginia. www.film.virginia.org/covid-19-updates/

 

If you have any additional questions, please reach out to the film office staff if you have any questions, and we are happy to discuss.  +1 800.854.6233.

The information immediately below was provided on March 26, 2020 by Virginia Film Office

Contact:
VIRGINIA Film Office
+1 800.854.6233
www.film.virginia.org

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
10 person limit for any gathering as of 3/24/20

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
Yes, USA restrictions are changing daily.

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
Encouraged to avoid non-essential travel from home

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
10

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
Access only for media.

Is there any additional information you wish to provide, that may be useful to productions?
Stay home until advised otherwise by medical experts.

The following update was submitted on July 16, 2020 by Washington Filmworks.

Contact:

Kendra Ann Sherrill, Production Services Coordinator

kendra@washingtonfilmworks.org

206-264-0667

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?

As of July 8, the Governor's office has given the approval for the Washington motion picture industry to resume safe operations in any county currently in Phase 2 or 3 of the Governor’s Safe Start Washington Phased Reopening County by County Plan. You can check the current phase status of each county hereAll productions must now comply with the state’s set safety requirements as listed in the Phase 2 Motion Picture Production COVID-19 Requirements that were approved by the Governor’s Office and the Washington State Department of Health. In addition to the state guidance, Washington Filmworks’ new COVID Production Resource Page serves as a resource hub for things such as sourcing PPE, signage, safety videos, toolkits, production safety checklists, and additional best practice recommendations.

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. Please visit https://www.state.gov/ for more information.

 Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?

Due to Washington’s four-phased re-opening approach, each county has different designated phases. All travel should be limited to essential travel and travel for essential activities until a county enters Phase 3. Please visit https://coronavirus.wa.gov/ and the  Safe Start Washington Phased Reopening County by County Plan for more information.

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?

All sizes of productions are allowed to operate if they are compliant with the state’s set safety requirements as listed in the Phase 2 Motion Picture Production COVID-19 Requirements.

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?

 Please visit https://coronavirus.wa.gov/ for more information.

Is there any additional information you wish to provide, that may be useful to productions?

You can visit Washington Filmworks’ COVID Production Resource Page, which serves as a resource hub for things such as sourcing PPE, signage, safety videos, toolkits, production safety checklists, and additional best practice recommendations.

 

 

The following update was submitted on June 3, 2020 by Washington Filmworks.

Contact:

Kendra Ann Sherrill, Production Services Coordinator

kendra@washingtonfilmworks.org

206-264-0667

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
Yes, Washington State is currently in a four-phased re-opening approach, which you can read about here. The Governor has not indicated which phase film production falls under. Our office has submitted drafted set safety protocols to the Governor’s office and requested that film production will be allowed to start again once these standards are approved. We are still waiting to hear back. If you have questions on the status of this, please email Info@washingtonfilmworks.org.
Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
Yes. The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. Please visit https://www.state.gov/ for more information.
Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
Yes. Due to Washington’s four-phased re-opening approach, each county has different designated phases. All travel should be limited to essential travel and travel for essential activities until a county enters Phase 3. Please visit https://coronavirus.wa.gov/ and https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/SafeStartPhasedReopening.pdf for more information.
Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
Yes. Due to Washington’s four-phased re-opening approach, each county has different designated phases. All public and private gatherings are limited depending on the phase each county is in. Please visit https://coronavirus.wa.gov/ and  https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/SafeStartPhasedReopening.pdf  for more information.
Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
 Please visit https://coronavirus.wa.gov/ for more information.
Is there any additional information you wish to provide, that may be useful to productions?
You can visit Washington Filmwork's COVID-19 Resource Google Doc for more WA film industry information: https://docs.google.com/document/d/11RiQCjzOzXxi2qweb4pEkkrAAveXCTms7m8PJWwTQfs/edit?usp=sharing

The following information was submitted on April 14, 2020 by Washington Filmworks.

Contact:

Kendra Ann Sherrill, Production Services Coordinator

kendra@washingtonfilmworks.org

206-264-0667

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
Yes, Washington State is currently under a stay at home order from the Governor for non-essential businesses. Please visit https://coronavirus.wa.gov/ for more information.
Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
Yes. The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. Please visit https://www.state.gov/ for more information.
Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
Yes. All travel should be limited to Essential Travel and travel for Essential Activities. Please visit https://coronavirus.wa.gov/ for more information.
Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
All public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a household or living unit are prohibited. Please visit https://coronavirus.wa.gov/ for more information.
Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?Washington State Parks and Wildlife Areas are closed following the Governor's order. Please visit https://coronavirus.wa.gov/ for more information.
Is there any additional information you wish to provide, that may be useful to productions?
You can visit Washington Filmwork's COVID-19 Resource Google Doc for more WA film industry information: https://docs.google.com/document/d/11RiQCjzOzXxi2qweb4pEkkrAAveXCTms7m8PJWwTQfs/edit?usp=sharing

The following information was submitted on March 23, 2020 by Sheridan Travel & Tourism.

Contact:

Salvatore Brown
salvatore.heidi@gmail.com
401-824-9339

Shawn Parker
sparker@sheridanwy.net

Jeff Shanor
jshanor@sheridanwy.net

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
No

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
The Sheridan area has no travel restrictions of its own, but adheres to United States travel restrictions and advisories.

Check the CDC.GOV website for information on travel to and within the US:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
No travel restrictions within our jurisdiction.

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
Limited to 50 people are more, though smaller crews preferred (under 10).

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
No locations within our jurisdiction are closed for filming currently.

Is there any additional information you wish to provide, that may be useful to productions?
Sheridan, Wyoming is still open for productions, though smaller crews are preferred.

The following update was submitted on August 13,, 2020 by Film US Virgin Islands.

Contact:

Luana Wheatley, Film Office Director

lawheatley@usvitourism.vi

Please see the attached document for the latest travel advisories  for the US Virgin Islands:

USVI Travel Advisory - August 1

 

 

 

The following update was submitted on June 3, 2020 by Film US Virgin Islands.

Contact:

Luana Wheatley, Film Office Director

lawheatley@usvitourism.vi

340-244-2404

Attached is the most recent travel advisory for the USVI:

The following update was submitted on April 16, 2020 by Film US Virgin Islands.

Contact:

Luana Wheatley, Film Office Director

lawheatley@usvitourism.vi

340-244-2404

The U.S. Virgin Islands film community stands strong with industry professionals around the globe. No matter what space you occupy in the industry, our reality is mirrored. What we are facing will impact livelihoods, business practices and entire communities.

BUT, soon we will pivot to some appearance of normal. When this happens, studios will rise, productions will re-boot and an industry of unprecedented talent will be back on the job, serving as that essential workforce for commercials, TV, Film, Documentary, photography, music productions and every genre in the industry that entertains us.

Travel updates can be found at www.usviupdate.com.

Stay SAFE, be SMART, always CREATIVE.

The information immediately below was provided on March 26, 2020, by Film U.S. Virgin Islands

Contact:
Film USVI
Luana Wheatley
Director, U.S. Virgin Islands Film Office
http://www.filmusvi.com

It is still possible to travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands by commercial airline or private jet. Passengers will have to take a temperature test upon landing administered by the Department of Heath. Additionally, passengers arriving from NY or California may be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. We expect anyone choosing to come to the USVI exercise the utmost caution and be mindful of health of our community. Our airports and seaports can not close without federal mandate.

The Governor of the US Virgin Islands has: ordered all accommodation types to cease accepting reservations/guests for the next 30 days (exceptions exist for certain business travelers); bars/restaurants are closed for in-house seating but takeout options are available; passenger numbers on inter-island ferries is limited; and many non-essential businesses are closed until further notice. No curfew is currently in place.

Many of our offices are closed in order to flatten out the curve and keep everyone safe. The Governor has also advised that we STAY HOME. We are practicing social distancing when we have to visit locations such as grocery/big box stores and general retail locations.

Updated information is available at www.usviupdate.com; www.vi.gov; and www.doh.vi.gov.

We look forward to welcoming back productions when it has been deemed safe to travel.

Stay safe. Be smart.

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Information immediately below was provided on March 23rd 2020 by:

Luana Wheatley
lawheatley@usvitourism.vi
340-244-2404

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
There is no government mandate currently that would shut down a production. No island-wide quarantine has been issued as yet.

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
As of today, 3/19, there are no travel restrictions in the territory.

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
No travel restrictions.

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
Limit is 10. This was just announced.

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
National Parks on St. John and St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

Is there any additional information you wish to provide, that may be useful to productions?
Because we are a U.S. Territory, we follow the same health and safety precautions as the continental United States.

The following update was submitted on May 29, 2020 by Ausfilm.

Contact:
Erin Stam, EVP, International Production
Erin.stam@ausfilm.com
+1 310-229-2361

Yesterday the Australian Screen production industry released COVID-SAFE Guidelines to help get the Australian industry into production.

Developed by the Australian Screen Sector Task Force, comprising the Australian Film Television & Radio School (AFTRS), Screen Australia, the Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA), Screen Producers Australia (SPA), State Agencies, Guilds, ABC, SBS, Ausfilm and major production companies, these Guidelines support a safe return to production in Australia.

The Guidelines have been drafted in consultation with the Commonwealth Department of Health and global law firm, Clyde & Co. This is a live document and can be downloaded here: https://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/production-during-covid-19

Ausfilm continues to support international filmmakers seeking to locate their projects in Australia and these Guidelines are the first step in minimising risk and will help productions resume safely.

The following update was submitted on March 26, 2020 by Ausfilm.

Contact:
Erin Stam, EVP, International Production
Erin.stam@ausfilm.com
+1 310-229-2361

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
No.

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
Yes. Only Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate families may enter Australia. All travelers to Australia are required to self-isolate for 14 days. Please contact Ausfilm for further information on this topic.
https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/news-media/current-alerts/novel-coronavirus

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
Yes. Queensland, South Australia, Northern Territory, Western Australia and Tasmania have closed their borders.


Additional information ---

18 March 2020:
We now advise all Australians: do not travel overseas at this time. This is our highest advice level (level 4 of 4). If you are already overseas and wish to return to Australia, we recommend you do so as soon as possible by commercial means. Regardless of your destination, age or health, our advice is do not travel at this time.

As more countries close their borders or introduce travel restrictions, overseas travel is becoming more complex and difficult. You may not be able to return to Australia when you had planned to. Consider whether you have access to health care and support systems if you get sick while overseas. If you decide to return to Australia, do so as soon as possible. Commercial options may become less available.

If you are overseas and cannot, or do not want to, return to Australia, follow the advice of local authorities. Take care to minimize your risk of exposure to coronavirus including by self-isolating. If you choose to stay, note our ability to provide consular assistance in some places may be limited due to restrictions on movement and other services.

If you decide to return to Australia, you will now be required to self-isolate for 14 days. This applies to all travelers, including Australian citizens. For details see the Australian Border Force website.

Contact your airline, travel agent or insurance company to discuss your travel plans and options for canceling or postponing current bookings, or to arrange commercial flights back to Australia.

All cruise ships which have sailed from a foreign port have been banned from entering Australian ports for 30 days.

All of the above advice has also been provided to Australian Government staff, who have been instructed to instead use video-conferencing and other communication technologies as much as possible.

The Foreign Minister decided on 17 March to offer voluntary departures globally for all dependants of staff at our overseas posts, staff at high risk due to underlying health conditions and staff the head of mission considers non-essential for ongoing operations.

For more information see our Coronavirus (COVID-19) – information for Australian travelers page.

For urgent consular assistance contact:

+61 2 6261 3305 from overseas
1300 555 135 from within Australia

For non-urgent inquiries, email smartraveller@dfat.gov.au
https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/crisis/covid-19-and-travel

Australian Government Department of Health:
https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-current-situation-and-case-numbers

New South Wales:
Health Department:
https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/covid-19-latest.aspx

Queensland:
Queensland Health:
https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19
Pandemic Risk Management for Business:
https://www.business.qld.gov.au/running-business/protecting-business/disaster-resilience/pandemic-risk-management

Victoria:
Health Department:
https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-daily-update

Western Australia:
Department of Premier and Cabinet:
https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-the-premier-and-cabinet/coronavirus-covid-19-latest-updates
State of Emergency Declarations:
https://www.wa.gov.au/government/document-collections/coronavirus-covid-19-state-of-emergency-declarations

 

The  following information was submitted November 17, 2020 by Film Victoria.

Contact:

Dan Black, Locations and Productions Services Coordinator

locations@film.vic.gov.au

81 3 9660 3262

The Victoria region continues it's ‘roadmap to recovery’. Restrictions which were placed on Media and Film Production have eased significantly In Victoria and all screen production activities are now permitted to continue, as long as they are following Covid Safe Principles for business - more info here: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-restrictions-roadmaps

No International flights are currently permitted to land directly into Victoria.   However,  travelers who have quarantined in another region of Australia before entering Victoria's borders will be lowed.

As of 23 November 2020 the NSW-Victorian Border will reopen and all requirements for border permits and quarantine requirements between these two States will be dropped. Victoria is also open to other States and territories, but return travelers may have to quarantine when they get home depending on their own state or territory’s rules.

 

The  following information was submitted May 21, 2020 by Film Victoria.

Contact:

Dan Black, Locations and Productions Services Coordinator

locations@film.vic.gov.au

81 3 9660 3262

1. Resumption of long form film and television production.
In addition to Neighbours, which has a unique set of circumstances, Victoria also has a longform drama series looking to resume in June.

Following the introduction of screen sector protocols, we anticipate there will be a return to work over the next two months. It is expected that the types of projects that resume production will depend on whether there is flexibility for actors to breach the 1.5m social distancing requirement.

2. Locations that remain closed to filming.
Most of Victoria’s local councils and government agencies are still processing permits with public exterior spaces remaining accessible for filming.

Some locations including government owned locations (national parks, recreation centres) and public works are closed to filming and venues that support large gatherings (discos, restaurants, theatre etc.) are currently closed due to the current restrictions placed upon public gatherings.

3. COVID-19 related requirements associated with film permits.
Business Victoria has advised that production businesses and film sets are workplaces and can continue to operate under the current measures. As with all businesses in Victoria, they are required to follow the latest guidelines regarding social distancing and hygiene measures in the workplace, whether it is in a studio or outdoors.

4. COVID-19 impact on incentives/rebates/credits etc.
Film Victoria’s incentive programs continue remain open

Information about guidelines and protocols may be found by visiting the website of the Fijian Ministry of Health and Medical Services:
http://www.health.gov.fj/media-release-12-covid-19-novel-coronavirus/

The following information was submitted November 24th, 2020 by New Zealand Film Commission.

Contact:
Jacqui Wood International Enquiries Executive Jacqui.wood@nzfilm.co.nz

+64 438 27680

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
No
Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
Border exemption information and application links can be found here can be found here https://www.nzfilm.co.nz/resources/nzfc-fact-sheet-border-entry-screen-sector Please note New Zealand’s border is currently closed other than for: • people to whom the border closure doesn’t apply - for example returning New Zealand citizens and residents, • people who Immigration New Zealand considers have a critical purpose while the border is closed. This group includes some film cast, crew and associated travellers (e.g spouse/partners, dependent children).
Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
No – domestic travel within New Zealand is unrestricted.
Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place? 
No
Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
We are not aware of any locations temporarily shutdown due to Covid. Please email Jacqui.wood@nzfilm.co.nz if you have interest in filming in a specific location.
Is there any additional information you wish to provide, that may be useful to productions?
Government approved guidelines and protocols for managing safety on set can be downloaded here https://screensafe.co.nz/covid-19-coronavirus

 

 

The following information was submitted March 24, 2020 by New Zealand Film Commission.

Contact:
Philippa Mossman
philippa.mossman@nzfc.co.nz
+64 21 423 083

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
NO

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
YES
https://covid19.govt.nz/

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
N/A - NO
all of NZ approach

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
Work restrictions not currently applying.
Gatherings of over 100 not permitted indoors
https://covid19.govt.nz/

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
NO

Is there any additional information you wish to provide, that may be useful to productions?
www.nzfc.co.nz

The following information was submitted May 18, 2020 by Screen CanterburyNZ.

Contact:

Bree Loverich, Manager bree.loverich@christchurch.nz.com +64273488841

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
No
Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
No
Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
No
Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
No
Is there any additional information you wish to provide, that may be useful to productions?
We are open for business and have a new production studio space 4,000 sq metres and 14m high to the grid. For more information: https://www.christchurchnz.com/screen-canterburynz

The following information was provided on July 6, 2020 by Screen Wellington.
Contact:
Nicci Boucher, General Manager, +6421520061
Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
No
Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?   
NZ's borders are closed however screen productions can apply for border exemption if they can demonstrate 'other critical workers' are required for their productions. For more information visit https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/about-visa/performing-artists-entertainers-and-entertainment-personnel-work-visa and https://www.nzfilm.co.nz/international/filming-new-zealand
Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
No
Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
No
Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
No
Is there any additional information you wish to provide, that may be useful to productions?

The following update was submitted on May 21, 2020 by the Argentina Film Commission.

Contact:
Ana Aizenberg, Film Commissioner
ana.aizenberg@gmail.com

In case of any inquiry regarding production in Argentina please contact your local Argentina Consulate.

While still under quarantine, Argentina National Gob, together with the INCAA (National Film Institute) and the Health Ministry are working on a protocol to restart the audio/visual industry as soon as possible. Additionally, the different states  within Argentina are creating local protocols. Many are ready to resume activity once borders are cleared to open and the official "stay at home" order is officially lifted.

The following information was provided by AFCI Affiliate Business Member Production Service Network:

https://www.productionservicenetwork.com/covid-19-country-production-status

The following information was submitted on August 5, 2020 by São Paulo Film Commission - Spcine.

Contact

Flávia Gonzaga, Coordinator

filmesp@spcine.com.br

+55 11 97668-9565

Please see the following attachments for the latest guidelines and protocols:

Sao Paulo part one August Sao Paulo part two August

The following information was submitted on July 21th, 2020 by São Paulo Film Commission - Spcine.

Contact

Flávia Gonzaga, Coordinator

filmesp@spcine.com.br

+55 11 97668-9565

Since July 10th, filming in private and public spaces has been allowed by the City Hall and our department is back to issuing film permits. This is being done following strict sanitary protocols designed by the City Hall, by associations related to the audiovisual sector, and by the São Paulo Film Commission.

http://spcine.com.br/suspensao-de-filmagens-na-cidade-de-sao-paulo/

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?

For prevention purposes against COVID19, since March 27th the Brazilian government has closed borders for foreigners of all nationalities.

https://www.novo.justica.gov.br/news/brasil-fecha-fronteiras-aereas-para-estrangeiros-de-todas-as-nacionalidades

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?

In order to avoid the unnecessary transit of people in public transportation, the fleet of buses and trains has been reduced.

The government’s recommendation for everyone who can work from home is to do so.

http://www.sptrans.com.br/covid-19

https://www.cptm.sp.gov.br/noticias/Pages/Confira-as-a%C3%A7%C3%B5es-da-Secretaria-dos-Transportes-Metropolitanos-de-enfrentamento-ao-novo-coronav%C3%ADrus---COVID-19.aspx

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?

According to official protocol, the maximum number of people on set is 20. In some specific locations, this limit can be lower. The city is still in quarantine, so home office is encouraged. In addition, there are social distancing protocols in place for different activities, including for film production.

https://www.saopaulo.sp.gov.br/coronavirus/quarentena/

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?

In the city, there are types of activities that have not been permitted to reopen yet, such as schools and theatres. These are equally shut down to filming. Nonetheless, many types of activities are authorised and can receive productions, such as shops and restaurants.

Additional Information:

Attending all government recommendations, the São Paulo Film Commission - Spcine is working from home to prevent further spread of COVID19.

If you need specific information about filming in São Paulo and about our measures against COVID19, please contact us.

The following information was submitted on April 14th, 2020 by São Paulo Film Commission - Spcine.

Contact

Flávia Gonzaga, Coordinator

filmesp@spcine.com.br

+55 11 97668-9565

São Paulo City Hall has the Decree 59.283 from March 16th suspending all filming requests, as well all film permits already issued for shootings in public spaces. The suspension started on March 17th and there's no schedule to end. It’s included in this restriction shootings on public equipment (external and internal), external shootings and also parking needs to internal shootings support.

http://spcine.com.br/suspensao-de-filmagens-na-cidade-de-sao-paulo/

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
For prevention purposes against the COVID19, since March 27th the Brazilian government has closed borders for foreigners of all nationalities. The restriction started on March 30th and will last 30 days from this date.

https://www.novo.justica.gov.br/news/brasil-fecha-fronteiras-aereas-para-estrangeiros-de-todas-as-nacionalidades

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
Avoiding the unnecessary movement of people in public transportation, the fleet of buses and trains has been reduced to serve only essential service workers.
The government’s recommendation for everyone who don’t work in an essential business is to stay home.

http://www.sptrans.com.br/covid-19

https://www.cptm.sp.gov.br/noticias/Pages/Confira-as-a%C3%A7%C3%B5es-da-Secretaria-dos-Transportes-Metropolitanos-de-enfrentamento-ao-novo-coronav%C3%ADrus---COVID-19.aspx

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
Film activity is not included on the list of essential businesses which means that they can’t operate during the quarantine as established the São Paulo City Office’s Decree 59.298. Besides, São Paulo State Government through the Decree 64.881, of March 22, recommends the restriction of movement and agglomeration of people across the state.

http://www.capital.sp.gov.br/noticia/decreto-da-prefeitura-de-sao-paulo-para-a-quarentena-esclarece-o-que-abre-e-o-que-fecha-na-cidade

https://www.saopaulo.sp.gov.br/coronavirus/quarentena/

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
All film permits in the City of São Paulo are suspended – external or internal – for an indefinite period.

Additional Information:
Attending all government recommendations, the São Paulo Film Commission - Spcine is working from home to prevent further spread of COVID19.
If you need specific information about filming in São Paulo and about our measures against COVID19, please contact us.

The following update was submitted on September 29, 2020 by the Proimagenes Colombia Film Commission

Contact:

Manuela jaramillo, Promotion and Film Commission Executive

manuelajaramillo@proimagenescolombia.com

(57) 3217606086

https://locationcolombia.com

 

Sanitary emergency will be in place until November 30, but from September we will have fewer restrictions on normal life, entering to a “Selective Isolation” stage in which borders are open and sectors are gradually returning to work under strict protocols.

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
Foreigners are allowed to enter to Colombia following the protocols.

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work?
Yes. 50 people.

 

The following update was submitted on July 17, 2020 by the Proimagenes Colombia Film Commission

Contact:

Manuela jaramillo, Promotion and Film Commission Executive

manuelajaramillo@proimagenescolombia.com

(57) 3217606086

https://locationcolombia.com

Since June the country has been in a stage of “Intelligent lockdown” gradually allowing sectors to return to work under strict protocols. The audiovisual sector has its biosecurity protocol approved by the Ministry of Health and Social Protection and has started to resume production. Regions such as Bogotá, Medellín and Cali have their own regulations for the re-activation of the audiovisual sector. Borders continue to be closed until August 31st.

SECURITY AND HEALTH MEASURES
The national government approved the Biosecurity protocol for risk management and control of the Coronavirus COVID-19 in the different activities of cultural, radio, television and mass media industries. Read it in English here: https://locationcolombia.com/
Each region has autonomy to regulate the process for the re-activation of the audiovisual sector.

CINA NEW INCENTIVE: TRANSFERABLE TAX CREDIT UP TO 35%
Audiovisual foreign projects (Film works, Series, Music Videos, Video Games and Advertising Audiovisual Productions) can apply for a benefit of 35% of the value of investment made in Colombia. The minimum amount of spent in the country needed to be eligible is $475.000 US (approx.) in audiovisual and logistics services. It is needed to hire a Colombian Film Production Service Company. For more information read the Recourse Allocation Manual in the following link: https://locationcolombia.com/incentivos

Columbia Biosecurity-Protocol Columbia Resource-Allocation-Manual-2020

The following update was submitted on July 15, 2020 by the Proimagenes Colombia Film Commission

Contact:

Manuela jaramillo, Promotion and Film Commission Executive

manuelajaramillo@proimagenescolombia.com

(57) 3217606086

https://locationcolombia.com

ince June the country has been in a stage of “Intelligent lockdown” gradually allowing sectors to return to work under strict protocols. The audiovisual sector has its biosecurity protocol approved by the Ministry of Health and Social Protection and has started to resume production. Regions such as Bogotá, Medellín and Cali have their own regulations for the re-activation of the audiovisual sector. Borders continue to be closed until August 31st.

The following update was submitted on May 27, 2020 by the Proimagenes Colombia Film Commission

Contact:
Silvia Echeverri, Film Commissioner
silviaecheverri@proimagenescolombia.com

Compulsory quarantine in Colombia will be until May 31. During the month of June,  the  country will enter to a new stage of “Intelligent lockdown gradually allowing sectors to return to work under strict protocols. The audiovisual sector is waiting for approval of the protocol by the Ministry of Health and Social Protection in order to resume production. Borders continue to be closed until June 30 and the sanitary emergency was extended until August 31.

The following information was provided on March 26, 2020 by the Proimagenes Colombia Film Commission

Contact:
Silvia Echeverri, Film Commissioner
silviaecheverri@proimagenescolombia.com

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
Yes.  No foreigners are allowed to fly to Colombia
https://www.migracioncolombia.gov.co/

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
There is a total restriction throughout the country. go out of homes.

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work?
Yes. 50 people.

Additional Information:
www.presidencia.gov.co

The following information was submitted on September 24, 2020 by the Bogota Film Commission

Contact:
Laura Puentes, Bogota Film Commission Advisor
cfb@idartes.gov.co
+ (571) 3795750 - Ext. 3409

http://www.filmingbogota.gov.co/

The District Institute of Arts - Idartes, its Audiovisual Arts Management and the Film Commission of Bogotá, in coordination with representatives of the audiovisual sector, have worked together in the structuring and design of a strategy that allows the gradual, sequential reactivation and insurance of audiovisual productions in Bogotá.

From September 17, 2020, the filming is authorized in public space with a maximum capacity limit of 50 people.

The District Institute of the Arts - Idartes implements a discount on the permission for audiovisual filming - PUFA, for the additional footage of the occupation of public space that is needed in the implementation of the biosafety protocol and additional control zones.

In this link you can find all the information:
https://directorioicc.gov.co/comision-filmica/covid-19

With resolution 872 of September 2, 2020, the Biosafety Protocol for the management and control of the risk of COVID-19 in audiovisual filming in public space in Bogotá is adopted

Resolution 910 of September 17, 2020 establishes the temporary discount in the unified permit for audiovisual filming - PUFA

 

The following information was submitted on March 26, 2020 by the Bogota Film Commission

Contact:
Laura Puentes, Bogota Film Commission Advisor
cfb@idartes.gov.co
+ (571) 3795750 - Ext. 3409

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction?
Colombia has the Decree 457 from this year which includes many restrictions for filming in a public space in Bogotá from March 23rd - April 13th. The decree has different restrictions because of the shelter in place policy

Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?
In order to prevent the expansion of the COVID 19 virus, Colombia closed their borders starting March 23rd and has declared shelter in place until April 13th.

Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
The mayor’s office of Bogotá ordered a shelter in place simulation starting March 20th that has been extended by a nationally run shelter in place policy. The Bogotá Film Commission is not granting permits to film in public spaces in the city.

Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
People are being allowed to congregate in one place only in the 34 exceptions included in the Deceee 457 from 2020 and are limited to 50 people.

Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming?
Production in Colombia and Bogotá is shut down

Additional Information:
The Bogotá Film Commission is determined to abide by any city or national decree in order to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

The following information was provided on August 17, 2020 by the Curacao Film Commission.

Contact:

Eloise van Wickeren, Film Commissioner
 (+5999) 462 1444
Caracao is aCovid-free filming destination.  Please see the attached information regarding filming in the region:

The following update was submitted on July 13, 2020 by the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company Limited (Film TT).

Contact:

Regina Seabrun, Facilitation Officer

info@filmtt.co.tt

868-279-2143

FilmTT has drafted Filming Guidelines for local and international productions to follow as we resume filming activity. For your information, please see the handbook linked HERE. and the attached images.

 

The following update was submitted on June 2, 2020 by the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company Limited (Film TT).

Contact:

Regina Seabrun, Facilitation Officer

info@filmtt.co.tt

868-279-2143

  • Caribbean Airlines will expand its service on the airbridge and provide more flights to and from Tobago.
  • There will also be an expanded ferry service between the islands.
  • "No-mask no-service" guidelines remain in effect.
  • Dining at hotels to its guests will be permitted.
  • Bookshops opened.
  • Restrictions on gatherings will remain at five people.
  • Casinos, bars, and cinema remain closed.
  • Places of worship will stay closed, along with beaches, rivers and other outdoor activities.
  • Business owners will be asked to insist that customers wear masks, and to provide a sink and hand sanitiser.
  • Businesses were reminded that the police and public health inspectors had the authority to shut down the place on the basis of facilitating congregations of more than five.
  • The businesses will be required to close by 6p.m.
  • Full public service out on a rotational business.
  • Hair dresser, barbers, and domestic workers, will likely be allowed to resume from June 8.

The following update was submitted on May 14, 2020 by the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company Limited (Film TT).

Contact:

Regina Seabrun, Facilitation Officer

info@filmtt.co.tt

868-279-2143

Trinidad and Tobago is currently in Phase One of rolling out the multi-phased Roadmap the Recovery. The details of each phase will be updated as they are implemented.  

Phase 1: May 11 – May 23

  • From Monday, May 11, food establishments and restaurants allowed to open until 8pm. No in-service dining will be allowed.
  • Members of the public allowed to engage in restricted outdoor activities excluding team or contact sports activities or any activity that requires gathering. No congregating in groups of more than 5 and keep 6 feet away.
  • Hardwares, electrical stores open from 8 am-4 pm; groceries to continue 8 am-6 pm.
  • Non-essential services are still advised to stay home.
  • Masks must be worn at all times in public spaces.

The Information that follows immediately below was supplied on April 20th, 2020 by the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company Limited (Film TT).

Contact:

Regina Seabrun, Facilitation Officer

info@filmtt.co.tt

868-279-2143

Is there currently a government mandate shutting down production in your jurisdiction? 
Yes, all non-essential services have been suspended until further notice.
Are there travel restrictions coming into the country?   
Yes, until further notice, the borders of Trinidad and Tobago are currently closed to nationals and non-nationals. For more information, see links to the following Ministry websites that are frequently providing updated information as it is available. Ministry of National Security- http://www.nationalsecurity.gov.tt/
Are there travel restrictions within your jurisdiction?
All air and sea ports of entry have been closed until further notice.
Are there limits on the number of people who can congregate/work in one place?
The Ministry of Health has outlined various measures for the practice of social distancing under the pandemic. All full list of the regulation can be found at Public Health Regulation 11 in the link below. http://www.health.gov.tt/sitepages/default.aspx?id=297
Are you aware of any locations temporarily shut down to filming? 
Production is suspended until further notice
Is there any additional information you wish to provide, that may be useful to productions?
FilmTT is still operating remotely. Our team is available via email to answer any questions about shooting Trinidad and Tobago and provide the necessary information. Our Production Guide and Rebate Guide are also available on our website http://www.filmtt.co.tt/film-tt/production-tools

The following guidelines have been approved by the government of Uruguay effective June 2020

(Note - the guidelines are in Spanish)

https://icau.mec.gub.uy/innovaportal/file/124220/1/seguridadehigieneindustriaaudiovisual10demayo-2-1.pdf

The information found at the link below has been provided by AFCI Affiliate member Production Service Network:

https://www.productionservicenetwork.com/covid-19-country-production-status

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