(updated 22 July 2021)
For media industry – 22 July 2021
- All companies carrying out media content production activities must comply with the Mandatory Safety Rules published by IMDA.
- The Comprehensive Safety Measures contains a list of practical recommendations media companies and professionals can adopt during this period.
PLEASE NOTE: The Multi-Ministry Taskforce announced on 20 July 2021 that Singapore would enter Phase 2 – Heightened Alert from 22 July to 18 August 2021. Media companies with SSIC codes starting with 58 to 63 will continue their business activities.
- (a) All content productions may proceed with no more than 15 personnel on location, including no more than 10 onscreen talent/performers (who may be unmasked if necessary), at any given time.
- (b) Companies registered with IMDA may proceed with no more than 30 personnel on location, including no more than 10 onscreen talent/performers (who may be unmasked if necessary), at any given time.
- (c) Filming or recording of “live” singing is limited to no more than 2 singers at any given time, for companies registered with IMDA. For those not registered with IMDA, only companies with SSIC codes starting with 59 may proceed after notifying IMDA (form in the Resources section below). These singers must observe a 2-metre safe distancing from the next person.
- (d) 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.
- (e) No on-site audiences should be present on location; all personnel should comprise only talent/performers (i.e. cast), crew, and staff.
- (f) There should not be more than 2 distinct visitors per day for occupied households under social gathering rules, which may affect filming.
- (g) Registration with IMDA for higher manpower limits will be suspended for this period.
- Click here for the full advisory from IMDA.
- Click here for the form to register with IMDA, to operate your media content productions with higher manpower limits from 21 June 2021.
- Click here (1.05MB) for a printable infographic that can be used for your production.
- Click here to see other FAQs for guidelines pertaining to other sectors (e.g. events and weddings).
Meanwhile, below are some practical guides and recommendations for media companies and professionals.
Put together by a working group of Singapore media industry professionals (including SAMPP) together with IMDA, this Comprehensive COVID-19 Safety Measures v4.6 document contains a list of practical recommendations media companies and professionals can adopt during this period.
Covid-19 Safety Advisory developed by Janice Koh & Tan Kheng Hua in consultation with the Screen Talent community and endorsed by the Singapore Association of Motion Picture Professionals
General International Safety Guidelines
Here are some other safety recommendations for media productions from various countries for reference.
- Philippines Film Development Council – Interim Guidelines
- Norway VIRKE Safety Guidelines
- ITV/BBC/Sky/etc Safety Guidance
- Lionsgate Safety Guidelines
- Screen Producers Australia – COVID-10 Fact Sheet – Practical Workplace Measures / (direct pdf link)
- Sweden & Denmark Production Guidelines
- BECTU Film & TV recovery plan
- NZ ScreenSafe COVID-19 H&S – Endorsed – Standard
- NZ ScreenSafe COVID-19 H&S – Endorsed – Protocols (19 May 2020) latest updated information here
- NZ Govt WorkSafe COVID-19 Risk Assessment Safety Plan
- Production Equipment Rental Group (PERG) Safe Return to Work Guidelines & Sanitisation Guides from various equipment manufacturers (ARRI, RED, Sony, Zeiss, etc)
BROADCAST JOURNALISM / DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKERS
- VARIETY: ‘Neighbours’ Iconic Australian Soap Opera Resumes Production
- DEADLINE: Australia’s ‘Neighbours’ Sets Safety Protocols As It Resumes Production; First Show Back Could Be Road Map For Others
- ABC News: Making TV in the coronavirus pandemic: Why the television industry is watching what Neighbours does next