[PLEASE NOTE: In the case of a confirmed COVID-19 case, media content productions are to comply with the Ministry of Manpower's (MOM) Safe Management Measures at the Workplace, in particular para 22 regarding management of confirmed cases. Please also refer to MOM's FAQs, in particular, the section entitled "Take care of workers who become unwell at the workplace".]
The Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF) announced on 24 September 2021 that from 27 September to 24 October, there would be further tightening of community safe management measures during this stabilisation period.
Media business entities with SSIC codes starting with 58 to 63 will continue their business activities.
All business entities carrying out media content production activities must comply with the Mandatory Safety Rules for the Resumption of Content Production.
Please check this page regularly for updates to the Mandatory Safety Rules (“MSR”) and accompanying Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) documents.
From 27 September to 24 October 2021, business entities should take note of the following rules (refer to MSR v5.2 (1.20MB) and accompanying FAQs dated 15 October 2021 (292.28KB) [updated from 10 August 2021 version]):
(a) All media content productions may proceed with no more than 50 personnel on location, including no more than 20 onscreen talent/performers (who may be unmasked if necessary), at any given time.
(b) Filming or recording of “live” singing is allowed with no more than 2 singers (out of the total onscreen talent/performers) unmasked at any given time, and must observe a 2-metre safe distancing from the next person. If all 50 personnel (talent/performers/crew) have “cleared status”* on set of shoot day, the number of singers permitted for the shoot is capped at the 20 onscreen talent/performers limit.
(c) 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.
(d) No on-site audiences should be present on location; all personnel should comprise only talent/performers (i.e. cast) and crew.
(e) There should be no more than 2 distinct visitors per occupied household and only 1 social gathering per day, which will affect filming.
*An individual is considered vaccinated i.e. “cleared status” if the person has: a) been fully vaccinated (i.e. has received the full regimen of Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty, Moderna or WHO Emergency Use Listing vaccines, with an additional two weeks for the vaccine to be fully effective); b) recovered from COVID-19; or c) has obtained a negative result on a Pre-Event Test taken in the past 24 hours before the expected end of the event.
Given the higher level of community spread during this period, the media industry is strongly encouraged to conduct more frequent Fast & Easy Testing via Antigen Rapid Testing (ART) on a weekly basis, to protect all personnel, especially onscreen talents (fully vaccinated or otherwise), who will be unmasked and required to film close contact scenes.
Production companies may apply to the nationwide Time-Limited 8 Weeks Rostered Routine Testing (RRT) scheme by 13 October 2021, via the link here, to acquire 8 test kits per onsite employee for weekly testing over a two-month period. Onsite employees include a company's full/part-time staff and any freelancer engaged for a company's projects, that are physically returning to office/worksite/any off-site premises at least once a week for work purposes - This include media content productions.
Freelance onscreen talents or productions hiring them may also approach the Singapore Association of Motion Picture Professionals, to request for ART kits to use, during this ongoing Stabilisation Period.
Click here for the full advisory from IMDA.
Click here (1,021.17KB) 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).
For a list of practical recommendations for media business entities and professionals to follow, please refer to the Comprehensive Safety Measures available at either of the following:
For associated sectors engaged in audio/visual production such as photography, please refer to the Safety Protocol Guidelines published by the Professional Photographers Association (Singapore).
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