PLANNING YOUR PRODUCTION DURING COVID-19
We’ve put together the below resources to help plan your shoots in the U.S. & Canada with the safety of clients, contributors, and crew being the focal point. Get in touch with us anytime to talk through the specifics with one of our coordinators. We are here to help.
CREW SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
At any time prior to the shoot, if a crew member feels sick, or has symptoms of COVID-19, THEY MUST STAY HOME and notify their Atlantic coordinator immediately.
Avoid travel on public transport and use own vehicle when possible.
Crew members should wear appropriate protective equipment. Details may depend on the client’s requirements and situation but will ALWAYS include face masks and gloves.
Maintain 6x feet between yourself and talent. To the degree that crew can also maintain distance from each other that should be considered. Do NOT shake hands with anyone on set. Avoid touching any personal belongings of the contributor.
If possible, rely on boom mic audio only. If a wireless lav is required, the lav should be sanitized and left at the talent seating position before their arrival.
Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer with at least 60%-70% alcohol if soap and water are not available. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Crew to bring antiseptic wipes (when and where available based on availability). Wipes should be used on doorknobs, tables, etc. Avoid using other crew members’ work tools and equipment, when possible. Always clean and disinfect gear such as case and camera handles, mics, tripod heads, etc. before and after use.
U.S. CITIES UPDATE
Media is considered an “essential service” in the U.S. and as such we have crew available. Below are some things to keep in mind in major cities. (As of February 4th, 2021)
NEW YORK CITY
Covid variant detected in NYC. With the decline in coronavirus numbers, Governor Cuomo said some restrictions could be reduced. Face coverings are required in public. Non-essential gatherings of any size are prohibited and must be postponed or cancelled. For an up to date list of restricted states, please visit New York State’s COVID-19 Travel Advisory Portal.
LOS ANGELES, CA
Covid variant detected in Los Angeles. California health officials have lifted the regional stay-at-home order for all areas statewide. The new orders allow for shorter quarantine periods but require daily Covid-19 screenings for ongoing productions and pre-employment PCR testing is now required before all TV and film productions. The use of face shields for hair, makeup, and wardrobe stylists is required. Size of a hired audience is now limited to 50 people. Click here to read the public health order in more detail.
The Covid-19 variant has been reported in Illinois. Illinois has so far avoided a holiday-related COVID-19 surge and the rate of COVID-19 vaccinations is on the rise. Stay-at-home advisories took effect in Chicago and suburban Cook County, with officials urging residents to only leave home for essential activities. Travelers must obtain a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Chicago or quarantine for a 10-day period.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Covid variant detected in the Bay area. California health officials have lifted the regional stay-at-home order for all areas statewide. Outdoor dining, hair salons among businesses allowed to reopen in San Francisco. The city will also continue to uphold the curfew from the state that limits non-essential businesses from operating or gathering with members outside the household between the hours of 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Face coverings are required in public.
The new strain of Covid-19 has been confirmed to be in the Houston area. The City of Houston opened its first Covid-19 vaccination site over the weekend. A negative COVID-19 test will now be required for anyone coming to the U.S. from another country. Most businesses and restaurants must roll back to 50 percent occupancy, and other businesses, like bars, must close.
Covid variant detected in Washington State. Retail stores, including grocery stores, and malls must limit occupancy to 25% and must close food-court seating. Seattle and the Puget Sound region are currently in Phase 1. A 14-day quarantine is required for anyone returning to Washington State. Wearing a face covering in public is required.
Covid variant detected in Florida. Malls, Stores and Retail Shops are Open. Face coverings are required in public.
Covid variant detected in Florida. Face coverings are required in public. Businesses and bars are allowed to reopen with limited capacity.
New mass COVID-19 vaccination sites are set to open across Maryland in February. Official health data continues to indicate that new infections are decreasing. T he number of people allowed for gatherings indoors or outdoors was reduced from 250 to 25. Indoor gatherings are capped at 10 people and outdoor gatherings are limited to 25 people (both decreased from 50). Face coverings are required in public.
Covid variant detected in Georgia. Sports and cultural events are limited to 200 people. Indoor dining with limited capacity is allowed. Face coverings are required in public. Atlanta’s mayor asked that no one have gatherings of 10 or more people on city property and rolled back voluntarily reopening to Phase 1.
Covid variant detected in Colorado. 97% of Colorado’s skilled nursing facilities have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Governor Jared Polis eased public health restrictions. Polis also said the state remains on track to vaccinate 70% of Coloradans over the age of 70 by the end of February. Face masks are required in public.
Covid variant detected in Tennessee. All residents and visitors must continue to wear face coverings in public. Rule of 8: Restrict all gatherings to 8 people if you must gather. 8 people is the limit whether you are at a restaurant or your backyard.
LAS VEGAS, NV
Covid variant detected in Las Vegas. Nevadans and visitors are required to wear a mask at all times, both inside and outside, when around people that are not part of your immediate household. Private social gatherings will be restricted to 10 people or fewer from no more than two households, whether it’s indoors or outdoors.
NEW ORLEANS, LA
Covid variant detected in Louisiana. New Orleans leaders are easing COVID-19 restrictions, going to a “modified Phase 2” at least through Mardi Gras.The new restrictions go into effect on Friday, Jan. 29. Masks are required in public.
Arizona is reporting the highest rate of new coronavirus cases in the United States, as the state’s governor continues to resist calls to install strong restrictive measures. 28, all 15 counties in Arizona are classified at the “red” level indicating substantial community disease transmission.
Our Approach to Safety
Here’s a brief overview of what we’re doing to keep everyone safe. Our crews can also follow protocols mandated by your team.
These are just some of the ways production can still be done during the pandemic. Some set-ups may need to be tailored to your specific shoot, and our coordinators are happy to work through those details with you.
*Please note some set-ups currently require longer lead times due to equipment and crew availability.*