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How will movies and TV begin production again? Leaders just released guidelines

Entertainment industry leaders released new guidelines about how to return to work

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Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) in “Mission: Impossible III.”

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) in “Mission: Impossible III.”

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Hollywood and entertainment leaders collaborated to create a new list of guidelines on how to keep production sets safe, signaling a potential return to work for industry leaders.

Or, in other words, your favorite films may soon be back in production.

What’s going on:

  • Entertainment guilds and unions signed a 22-page guideline document to establish safety protocols when making new movies and television shows during the coronavirus pandemic, CNN reports.
  • Actors, directors and crews worked together to create these guidelines.
  • Constant testing, temperature checks, cleaning measures and physical distancing are all required right now for the near future.
  • Writing and casting can be done remotely when possible.
  • Adding live studio audiences are still discouraged. This means shows like “The Voice,” “America’s Got Talent” and “American Idol” might need more time to return.
  • Actors and performers were called the “most vulnerable because they cannot wear PPE (personal protective equipment) when cameras are rolling, and frequently will not be able to engage in physical distancing.”
  • New York and California public health officials will receive the guidelines for approval, according to CNN.

Production to begin soon

  • “Mission: Impossible 7” is set to restart filming in September after the coronavirus hiatus, according to Deadline.
  • First assistant director Tommy Gormley told BBC on Tuesday that the entertainment industry needs to get back to work soon, per Deadline.
  • “We have to get back to work for every person in the film industry, tens of thousands of us, we have to get back to work. We have to do it safely and protect our colleagues, but it is definitely possible and we’re working flat out to make it happen,” Gormley said.