On Friday, California's Governor Gavin Newsom announced the new guidelines for restarting film and television productions start June 12, 2020.
In a statement released on Friday, the California Department of Public Health believes productions can resume with proper protocols placed:
"Music, TV and film production may resume in California, recommended no sooner than June 12, 2020 and subject to approval by county public health officers within the jurisdiction of operations following their review of local epidemiological data including cases per 100,000 population, rate of test positivity, and local preparedness to support a health care surge, vulnerable populations, contact tracing and testing. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, productions, cast, crew and other industry workers should abide by safety protocols agreed by labor and management which may be further enhanced by county public health officers. Back office staff and management should adhere to Office Workspace guidelines published by the California Department of Public Health and California Department of Industrial Relations, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission."
On June 1st, a white paper was outlined and submitted all 50 governors. The 22-page report resents rules and guidelines helping producers who need to make decisions about hygiene policies and several other issues pertaining to Covid-19.
It is understood these guidelines are just the beginning of more to come as Newsom stated back on May 26th:
"We want to extend them [the deadline] to later this week, possibly this weekend, because we are working with both industry and labor and they want to tighten up some aspects of the guidelines."
Newsom makes it clear that the industry and labor sectors need adequate time to work through certain matters, making sure all concerns have been heard.