Filmmakers can breathe a breath of relief as the Karnataka government gives the nod to resume film shoots in the state. The cast and crew are to adhere to strict precautionary measures and guidelines to fight the spread of COVID-19.
Jairaj D R, the President of Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce issued a statement. It read," A memorandum was earlier submitted by the Film Chamber to the government requesting permission to shoot. Accordingly, the Information Department along with the Health Department came up with certain guidelines, which were further clarified with KFCC members before orders were released on Monday." "The production houses have to strictly adhere to a six-page list of 18 guidelines laid down by the government. To begin with, shooting is permitted only for those films which are currently in the last leg of shooting, and only 50 people are allowed on the sets," he added.
The filmmakers are to maintain health records of all the crew members. In case a crew member tests positive for COVID-19, the production house will have to take responsibility for his/her medical needs. Apart from this, the cast and crew will have to take precaution with thermal screening, keeping a tab on mild cough and fever, sanitisation of the sets etc.
“Producers will be responsible for obtaining self-declaration forms. Child artistes within 10 years of age and senior actors are allowed to shoot only after obtaining medical clearance. Appropriate Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) kits should be worn by the make-up artist, and every tool should be disinfected after use, besides encouraging the artists to bring in their own makeup kits," Jairaj said. “This will be passed on to all the departments of the film industry on Tuesday and we have been strictly asked to follow the health protocol," he added.
Now, Sandalwood biggies can resume shooting. Yash’s KFG 2, Puneeth Rajkumar's Yuvarathnaa and many more can resume shooting in a couple of days.