AIPRO along with key industry members has been working along with Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), and the many key multi-agencies on a protocol to allow the safe resumption of media work in the media sectors.
Productions are to adhere to the Mandatory Safety Rules published by IMDA.
For the many varied productions, and depending on type of genre/projects, the Comprehensive Safety Measures contains a list of practical recommendations media companies and professionals can adopt during this period.
Note: To ensure that you are constantly up to date with the latest safety guidelines, all media companies & professionals should always refer to the latest version of the Mandatory Safety Rules issued by IMDA from time to time.
Click the link for the latest FAQ that complements the Mandatory Safety Rules.
For business entities that are involved in content production, please take note of the following rules till 21 November 2021:
(a) All media content productions may proceed with no more than 50 personnel on location, including no more than 20 onscreen talent/performers (who may be unmasked if necessary), at any given time.
(b) Filming or recording of “live” singing is allowed with no more than 2 singers (out of the total onscreen talent/performers) unmasked at any given time, and must observe a 2-metre safe distancing from the next person. If all 50 personnel (talent/performers/crew) have “cleared status”* on set of shoot day, the number of singers permitted for the shoot is capped at the 20 onscreen talent/performers limit.
(c) Unmasking dispensations are to be kept strictly to the fixed cast of onscreen talent/performers (not interchangeable with other non-onscreen performing roles) for the entire production.
(d) No on-site audiences should be present on location; all personnel should comprise only talent/performers (i.e. cast) and crew.
(e) There should be no more than 2 distinct visitors per occupied household and only 1 social gathering per day, which will affect filming.
*An individual is considered vaccinated i.e. “cleared status” if the person has: a) been fully vaccinated (i.e. has received the full regimen of Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty, Moderna or WHO Emergency Use Listing vaccines, with an additional two weeks for the vaccine to be fully effective); b) recovered from COVID-19; or c) has obtained a negative result on a Pre-Event Test taken in the past 24 hours before the expected end of the event.
Given the higher level of community spread during this period, the media industry is strongly encouraged to conduct more frequent Fast & Easy Testing via Antigen Rapid Testing (ART) on a weekly basis, to protect all personnel, especially onscreen talents (fully vaccinated or otherwise), who will be unmasked and required to film close contact scenes.