In view of the partial lockdown imposed in Maharashtra till April 30 the Federation of Western Indian Cine Employees (FWICE) has issued a fresh set of guidelines to be followed by members of the film industry.
Since the nation is facing the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic the guidelines have been issued. Releasing a press note the president of FWICE, B N Tiwari, General Secretary Ashok Dubey, Treasurer Gangeshwar Srivastav, and Chief Advisors Sharad Shelar with Ashoke Pandit said, “The office-bearers of FWICE had a Zoom meeting with the honourable chief minister, Shri Uddhav Thackeray. The FWICE has assured the CM that the industry will be responsible where the SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) of the COVID guidelines are concerned. FWICE in coordination with experts has laid down guidelines which all people involved in pre-production, shooting and post-production work will have to adhere to.”
The release further said, “These guidelines as of now will be applicable till 30 April 2021.” The guidelines are in addition to the earlier SOPs revealed by the FWICE, as directed by the state government.
The new set of rules states that shooting any sequences and song which involves a large number of people will be prohibited.
Masks and continuous sanitization are compulsory on the sets, in production offices, and in post-production studios.
A monitoring team from the FWICE will be constituted to visit sets and post-production studios regularly to check that all guidelines are being followed.
Any individual or production unit flouting the rules or creating any kind of hindrance in the adherence of the guidelines will face disciplinary action.
In addition, the note stated, “A complete lockdown shall be followed from Friday 8pm to Monday 7am and thus, any kind of shooting, setting, pre-production activities should be avoided during this period. It is permissible to shoot from Monday to Friday. All members are hereby advised to schedule their shootings as per the above permissible days.”