Cyprus -Covid-19: Cut kisses, love scenes and touches in TV series and shows

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The Ministry of Health has published a protocol of health and safety measures for film, television and advertising production, in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Among the measures, it is reported, is that it is best to avoid scenes where the actor has to touch the face of another actor or scenes that involve direct contact between actors such as kisses, love scenes, etc.

Basic Measures

As mentioned, the measures taken to ensure possible transmission should be coordinated in the shooting area by a safety and health specialist who will be hired by the production for the needs of the cinema. This person is responsible for implementing and adhering to the following measures (including listing entrants and any symptoms).

Before production / filming begins, this person is responsible so that the contributors become familiar with the risks and measures. This familiarity must be confirmed in writing, for example by signing the list of participants during the briefing. The security officer takes control of the temperature in each factor, partner. The temperature must not exceed 37.3 C. C. Any person attending the shoot must be subjected to temperature measurement with a non-contact thermometer upon arrival at work. Any newcomer must also take a temperature measurement upon arrival and complete a relevant questionnaire.

Personal hygiene and disinfection

All Workshops, Actors, Customers and Advertisers must have the necessary personal protective equipment. The basic protective equipment includes a face mask and a hand sanitizer liquid / spray.

Disposable masks should be discarded in sealed plastic bags. The plastic bags of the bins, when filled, must be tightly tied and removed immediately. Follow hand washing as intended.

Entry / Exit in the field of Film / Theatrical production with hand sanitization application: Installation of alcoholic solutions (with alcohol content> 60%) obligatorily at each entrance of the space where theatrical / cinematic productions are carried out. If the input mechanism is automatic, then the solution can be placed on the inside of the input. If you need to open the door with a handle when entering the production area, then it is recommended to wash your hands before and after entering the area by placing solutions on both sides (inside and outside) of the door. The workforce must apply meticulous hand washing before entering and leaving the production area.

Disinfection of spaces

All areas that will be used for production / filming needs should be disinfected before and after entering those workers. When shooting outdoors, the makeup and costume department should disinfect their workstations and chairs for actors.

The manufacturer is responsible for ensuring that the toilets in the toilets always have a bottle of liquid soap, antiseptic and disposable paper towels that should be disposed of in bins next to the toilets. All trash cans have a foot-covered lid and contain a disposable plastic bag.

There should be systematic and adequate ventilation in the area at regular intervals. The safety officer should indicate the appropriate areas for each section of the production taking into account the square footage and the distance that the individuals must have between them.

Distance between employees

It is important to ensure that there is a distance of 2 meters between employees in the area. The entrance of people in the set to depend on the square meters of the space (8sqm per person).

Physical contact

If physical contact is required on stage, actors are required to disinfect their hands before and after shooting. If physical contact is required on stage – the actors involved are required to disinfect their hands before and after shooting. It is good to avoid scenes where the actor has to touch the face of another actor or scenes that involve direct contact between actors such as kisses, love scenes, etc.

Rehearsal / Download

It is done with masks, only actors and director, and necessary staff. Where possible, rehearsal with open doors or windows for continuous ventilation. Upon completion of the download, evacuate, ventilate and disinfect the set.

Controlled number of people

The distance measures apply in open (outdoor) areas and indoors, 2 meters between two people. Workshop members and actors can be separated. At the same time, there must be enough space for customers and producers to focus, so that they can distance themselves from each other. It is recommended that only those absolutely necessary attend the plate.

Disinfection of objects

Daily, thorough and frequent cleaning of common objects (eg door knobs, elevator buttons, etc.). Also, all items / props, as well as clothes, shoes that are to be used by the actors for the needs of the shooting, must have been previously disinfected by the relevant department. The same applies to other parts (eg electricians, camera assistants), any equipment exchanged between individuals must be disinfected.

Movements

Workshop members, actors, customers and advertisers are not allowed to travel in cars exceeding three passengers.

Equipment

All equipment must be disinfected before it reaches the plateau. It is the responsibility of the equipment owner. All wireless communications should be disinfected and after being given to the individual during production, it is forbidden to exchange it for another factor.

Power supply

It is essential that food (meals and snacks) be distributed in individual closed portions, and that all participants be removed from the diet when they receive their food so that the social distance rule can be observed. Each person is responsible for having with them the personal isothermal hermit crab (thermos) and a water bottle with his name written on it. Production assistants in case they find exposed food, snacks, drink will be discarded directly.

Alternatively, if someone attending the shoot does not want to consume food from the production, then they should do so in a timely manner. This person will be responsible for their own power supply coverage. The production will provide a pre-agreed amount to cover its expenses for these needs. Proper food / beverage receipts should be given to members of the production team.

It is important to ensure that the rates have enough space when eating to keep the prescribed distances. The break space is good, if there is the possibility and the weather conditions allow it, to be external.

Makeup and hairdressers

Makeup should have a separate makeup set for each actress / comparsos. Individual products such as mascara and lipstick must be provided for each individual actor.

Alternatively, if an actor does not want to use make-up products provided by make-up artists, then he should make the appropriate information in a timely manner. In this case, after consultation with the manufacturer and the make-up artist, he must secure his own individual products.

Makeup artists have to clean and disinfect the actors’ individual sponges and brushes after each use. They are also required to wear masks. The makeup station must be cleaned after each use. The above also applies to hairdressers.

guide has been issued by the Ministry of Health for hairdressers

Arches

Key members of a production, such as directors, actors and other specialties that are difficult to replace, should be separated from the rest (eg they should have their own dressing room, separate make-up area, dining area, etc.). with a distance of two meters in the dressing rooms.

Breaks

It is important to ensure that the coefficients will have enough space when taking a break to keep the prescribed distances of two meters. If the break space is small (or indoors), the contributors should take their break in turn. The staff break space is good, as long as there is the possibility and the weather conditions allow it, to be external. It is recommended to give priority to individual chairs over standard benches. Daily cleaning of the break area is recommended.

Clothing

Before and after dressing, both the actor / accomplice and the costume designer must wash and disinfect their hands. Only one person to dress each time and sterilize the wardrobe before the next one enters. It is important that clothing used in locker rooms or shops is disinfected before and after filming.

Recommendations

The number of customers and advertisers attending the shoot will decrease – now there will be one person representing the Customer and one person representing the Advertising Company. During the shooting, a monitor will correspond to them, where they will keep a distance of 2 meters from each other. The rest of the crew members (eg director, camera assistant) will have their own individual monitors.

The number of compartments required for the needs of the scenarios to be adjusted with the protocol – it is recommended to limit the number of compasses until the complete removal of the measures. It is recommended to differentiate the way of shooting scenes with an increased number of compartments until the period of application of the protocol.

It is recommended at the pre-production stage to avoid unnecessary meetings where they can be done by teleconferencing. It is also recommended that the castings process be done by teleconferencing.

Occurrence of symptoms at work: It is recommended to have a special area where and if a person shows symptoms during work, to be isolated from other staff, to be called in 1420 and to contact his personal physician. Before entering the special area, a questionnaire should be completed (Appendix 2).

Flexible schedule and alternating shifts: It is recommended to start work with as flexible a schedule as possible and if possible with alternating shifts to adequately achieve the distance of two meters between people. Organize rehearsal time – so that those in need work in shifts to avoid overcrowding. For example, the technician should finish and then the tutor should enter.

Vulnerable groups: It is recommended to avoid starting in the initial phase of work of vulnerable groups as they were defined based on the revised criteria of the Ministry of Health.

Individual Protective Equipment : Production is required to provide employees with the necessary personal protective equipment.

Collaborator / Contributor who refuses to comply with all the measures listed in this protocol is removed from the production area immediately as a security measure.

Security is the duty of all of us. If non-compliance with the measures is observed, the Department of Labor Inspection of the Ministry of Labor, Welfare and Social Security or the police should be notified immediately.