The film and TV industry is set to resume shooting after a break due to COVID-19 as the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry issued a set of standard operating procedures (SOPs) on Sunday. Announcing the SOPs for the makers to resume shooting in India, I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar said these procedures have been finalised after consulting the health and home ministries.

Javadekar hopes that the resumption of shooting will generate employment.

“The new SOP will be like a ‘sanjeevani’ for the media production industry. Physical distancing and masks will be an integral part of this SOP. The general principle behind the Standard Operating Procedure would help create a safe working environment for both the cast and the crew,” Javadekar said.

According to the SOPs, except for those who are in front of cameras, everyone else will have to wear masks.

With focus on “contact minimisation”, the SOPs suggest no or exceptionally less sharing of costumes, props, wigs and makeup. The gloves will be mandatory for persons handling equipment, while lapel mics won’t be shared among people on shoot.

Six feet of social distancing will be maintained with the SOPs suggesting a minimum number of cast and crew members to be present. No visitor or audience will be allowed during the shoots.