COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols for the Utah Film Industry
As of June 12, 2020, Utah has moved from a state of “Stabilization” to a state of “Recovery” as part of the Utah Leads Together Plan.
While Salt Lake City is still in the Orange (Moderate-risk) phase, there are other counties that are in the Yellow (Low-Risk) and Green (New Normal) phase. Read more about the specific instructions and guidelines in these areas here.
Please refer to the Phased Guidelines for the General Public and Businesses to Maximize Public Health and Economic Reactivation that any production must implement to manage the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
Additionally, an industry-wide task force made up of US studios, guilds, unions, and other stakeholders has issued a 22-page white paper establishing safety protocols for production to resume amid COVID-19, as well as 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. These guidelines are expected to evolve as government requirements change and as industry experience informs best practice.
We will continue to update this page with resources from the film industry as they become available.
In this current state of flux, health departments across the state are still addressing what the “stabilization” and “recovery” phases means for their area and how that will affect the business operations of several different industries, including film.
At this time, film permitting across the state will consider several factors including, but not limited to, a production company’s COVID-19 guidelines to be implemented for cast, crew and general public safety that would need to be 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.
Please check the State and Local Orders and Directives for current information about statewide standards.
Currently, the National Parks in Utah are open on a limited basis. Utah’s State Parks are open with some restrictions in place. Any filming requests in these areas would 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.
Whether private residences and businesses will allow filming would be of 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 Location Database for more information about available filming locations.
As we begin to develop specific guidelines for the Utah film industry, 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
The Utah Film Commission is still researching and discovering what restrictions apply toward filmmaking in Utah during this current phase of the pandemic and we will do our best to share the information that we currently have and update as we gather more, so please check back regularly. Visit our COVID-19 Updates page for more information.
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Allie Russell is the Marketing Coordinator at the Utah Film Commission and is based in Salt Lake City. For any press and media inquiries, contact the Utah Film Commission at email@example.com.