An update from ScreenSafe:
As of 11:59pm, Sunday 14 February, Auckland has moved to Alert Level 3 and the rest of New Zealand moved to Alert Level 2. This will remain in place until at least until 12 midnight, Wednesday 17 February.
All productions need to ensure they are operating to the ScreenSafe COVID-19 Health & Safety Standard & Protocols as they relate to your region and Alert Level. Visit the ScreenSafe COVID-19 page for the full toolkit and information on how to apply the Alert Levels to your production.
Mask wearing or an appropriate face covering is now recommended for on set crew at Alert Levels 2 and 3. Crew who are able to work in isolation (i.e., work from home or in a single office) have more flexibility within the work space.
It is also required when performing close proximity tasks within level 2 and above, i.e. for make-up or hair.
Talent should wear masks when possible/when interacting with crew, although this will not be practical whilst on screen.
Physical Distancing Requirements
Within Alert Level 2, Productions to ensure all persons that are not part of your production bubble, and who enter the worksite, are to maintain 1 metre physical distance with crew members (i.e. filming in public spaces).
Alert Level 3 requires physical distancing between all crew, including talent, and is not conducive to most filming productions.
Travel to/from Auckland
Travel to/from Auckland is only allowed if you are returning to your place of residence OR if you’re an essential worker.
This means a production based outside of Auckland will not be able to travel Auckland crew to a location outside of Auckland until a reduction in Alert Levels.
Physical distancing and mask wearing is required for all domestic flights, trains, ferries, and ride share services like taxi’s and Ubers.
All NZ businesses are required to use the NZ COVID Tracer App (or a manual contract tracing log, preferable contactless). This includes all work sites, offices, locations and suppliers.
ALL productions, including 1-person shoots, MUST register with ScreenSafe. It only takes 1 minute to do this: https://screensafe.co.nz/covid19/registration/
Numbers on Set
There are no restrictions on the amount of people on a work site. However, each production needs to assess their own requirements vs. the overall need for physical distancing, hygiene and risk to cast, crew and the public.
Within Alert Level 3, 1m physical distancing is required for all scripted action.
Talent must be able to dress themselves and do their own make up (under the guidance of crew if required).
No extras at Level 3.
Covid-19 Safety Notes
Every work site MUST have a site specific Covid-19 plan in place.
Note: councils will not issue filming permits without a thorough Covid-19 plan + a ScreenSafe registration.