COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols for the Utah Film Industry
As of December 15, 2020, Utah remains in a Public Health Emergency order. Read more about the specific instructions and guidelines across the state here.
Key Facts from the Public Health Emergency Order are:
- Face masks are required in all indoor and outdoor public areas where social distancing is not possible.
- Film industry does not fall under gathering size restrictions, but social distancing must be observed at all practical times.
- There are no COVID-19 travel restrictions in the state of Utah. Visitors to Utah or those returning home to Utah after traveling are not required to quarantine upon arrival.
- Individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19 are able to get tested in Utah. There are several local companies which offer rapid COVID-19 testing for film productions. You can contact our office for more information.
Please refer to the COVID-19 Business Manual that any production must implement to manage the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
We recommend that all film productions follow the directives of the AMPTP White Paper, issued by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.
More guidelines are suggested in The Safe Way Forward, a joint report of the DGA, SAG-AFTRA, IATSE and Teamsters’ Committees for COVID-19 Safety Guidelines.
Please note, individual productions may need to adapt the guidelines to specific circumstances, but the overall intent of these guidelines should be applied in all cases.
At this time, film permitting agencies across the state may require a production company’s COVID-19 guidelines to be implemented for cast, crew and general public safety and shared with the local health department for approval. Operational protocols should also include increased hygiene and sanitization, production provided PPE masks and gloves worn by all off-camera cast/crew, strict social distancing measures, meticulous monitoring of symptoms of cast/crew/ATL, etc.
Currently, Utah’s National Parks and State Parks are open with some restrictions in place. Any filming requests in these areas will be considered on a case by case/park by park basis. For other federal lands in Utah, please check the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management before filming in these areas.
Private residences and businesses allow filming on their own determination as long as the guidelines set forth by the state and local health departments are adhered to by the production. Check the Film Locations Database for more information about available filming locations across the state.
Here are some organizations that have developed best practices to consider as you begin to ramp up production.
- AICP COVID-19 Workplace Guidelines and Considerations
- Directors Guild of America: A Message to the Working Professionals in the Entertainment Industry
- Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force: White Paper
- National Set Medics: COVID-19 Guidelines for TV and Film Productions
- OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
- SAG-AFTRA: COVID-19 Safety Tips
- The Safe Way Forward: A Joint Report of the DGA, SAG-AFTRA, IATSE and Teamsters’ Committees for COVID-19 Safety Guidelines
- The State of Utah COVID-19 Business Manual
- Production Equipment Rental Group Safe Return to Work Guidelines
The Utah Film Commission is following changing state public health orders and will update this information as things change, so please check back regularly. Visit our COVID-19 Updates page for more information.
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