The state of California has new plans today for how churches and malls can begin to reopen from coronavirus lockdown, but not a peep from Governor Gavin Newsom this Memorial Day on his promised Film & TV production guidelines – at least not yet.
“This was prematurely announced with little buy-in from interested parties, so no surprise it didn’t happen as planned, is it?” snarled a top industry player on Monday of Gov. Newsom missing his own deadline of today.
First made public on May 20 in a teleconference on the latest episode of Newsom’s Economic Recovery & Reinvention Listening Tour, the “real time drafting guidelines” would lay out how the big screen and the small screen in the home of Hollywood could get back to work after all production came to a halt in late March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Complicating matters even more than the blindsiding that many studios, streamers, unions and agencies felt from the Governor’s outburst to the likes of Netflix’s Ted Sarandos, Oscar nominee Ava DuVernay, This Is Us’ Jon Huertas and others on the web event last week, is the fact that for all the hype the new plans wouldn’t actually pertain to L.A. County itself.
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The region that contains the most production in the world is still being battered by the respiratory disease.
Even as more and more business and public spaces were opened up this long weekend, County Public Health officials said Monday that there had been over 1,000 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 12 death in the area as of 8 PM last night. With L.A. proving stubbornly resistant to efforts to more comprehensively flatten the curve and many residents out over the holiday without mandatory masks and not social distancing, that brings the total cases in the County up to more than 46,000 with over 2.100 fatalities so far.
The Governor’s office did not respond to requests from Deadline today on why the promised Film and TV guidelines were not released. As the Industry-Wide Safety Committee, individual guilds and studio fashion their own plans, Sacramento also did not indicate in any fashion as to when their production reopening guidelines would finally be made public.
On the other hand, going shopping or to a mosque, church, temple, synagogue or other places of worship in the Golden State just got a little easier. In the second phase of the Governor’s self-described Resilience Roadmap, retailers and religion were given the green light this morning online to open their doors, with some restrictions still in place. Shifting from curbside pick-up to in-store purchases and prayer, under state guidance both types of institutions can have a semblance of their normal routine – as Gov. Newsom tweeted out earlier Monday:
NEW: Counties can now begin re-opening houses of worship and in-store shopping for retail.
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