(ConservativePeak.com)- California Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Friday that he was walking back his promise of maintaining the full lockdown for several months more, letting Hollywood know he will allow studios to start filming TV shows and movies again as of June 12. The industry completely ground to a halt earlier this year after Governor Newsom insisted that the state lockdown, with most businesses forced to close and residents, encouraged to stay at home.
The spread of the coronavirus was felt particularly badly in New York City, but California really led the way in terms of lockdown measures. Newsom said just last month that he feared a third and fourth wave of the virus and would maintain the lockdown for a period of three months.
However, as may other states, including Florida and Colorado, have begun to reopen restaurants and bars, Newsom found it increasingly difficult to maintain that position. In a statement issued from the governor’s office on behalf of the California Department of Public Health, Hollywood was told they can resume filming on a series of conditions.
Filming would be “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,” the statement explained.
In short, it means that local officials will be able to approve or deny applications from studios to maintain their filming operations based on how badly the virus is spreading at the time. It also requires local hospitals to have the resources necessary to cope with a sudden surge in patients suffering from the Chinese coronavirus.
It remains unclear which studios are planning to get back to work. There is still a long process of getting the unions to agree to the terms of their members returning to work, and studio owners will have to implement screening and cleaning measures to ensure that people who go back to work are safe. This may include cleaning stations, masks, and even the use of UV light machines usually used to clean medical environments.