California Opens Up: Film & TV Production, Schools, Retail, etc.

California is opening up faster than we predicted in the midst of a pandemic. 

California Governor Gavin Newsom released on Friday his guidelines for restarting film and TV production in the state amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Note: The reopening for production may not include L.A. County, as of yet.

The California Department of Public Health released guidance as follows:

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 jurisdictions 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 the California Department of Industrial Relations, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Schools, day camps and spectator-free events could be next to reopen in Los Angeles County, officials said Monday, June 8.

LA County will know by Friday, June 12, which of its sectors can open and with what guidelines, Supervisor Kathryn Barger said during the county’s Monday coronavirus briefing.

Additionally, the state is allowing day camps, bars, gyms, campgrounds and professional sports to begin reopening with precautions this week.

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