14 December 2021
The Traffic Light system is designed for living with COVID-19 in the community. This is of course a huge mind-shift for everyone, but it is built on the foundation of one of the highest vaccination rates in the world.
Overall, the intent of the new system appears to be:
- Encourage everyone to get vaccinated so that we can safely reopen the country
- Reduce stress on the health system and protect the vulnerable
- Ensure certainty and business continuity by incentivising businesses that use the vaccination passport system
The Traffic Light System will offer businesses much more flexibility and more certainty in regards to business continuity. COVID-19 restrictions within each level of the Traffic Light system are designed to encourage businesses to use vaccination passports, where only vaccinated staff, contractors and customers are allowed into a business or work site.
For productions using vaccination passports there are no restrictions on numbers on a work site. And Close Proximity work (make up, stunts, actor interaction, etc.) can happen at all levels, although with increasing risk minimisation tools (PPE, hygiene measures, testing, etc.) in place when moving to the higher levels.
Productions choosing NOT to enforce a vaccination passport system may have restricted access to some council and private locations, and some locations may not be available to those productions. Close Proximity work is only allowed in the green level.
We STRONGLY urge you to familiarise yourself with the new protocols. And in the next week we hope to also publish department specific guidelines for the new system.
Thank you to the NZ On Air and the New Zealand Film Commission for funding the review of these protocols.
Full release here of the key updates.
ScreenSafe COVID 19 Health and Safety Protocols Review – Traffic Light System Documents:
ScreenSafe COVID 19 Health and Safety Protocols for the Traffic Light System Guidance – updated 14th December 2021
These documents need to be read and utilised together. These documents are intended to give Production Companies and HOD’s guidance and forms to manage Covid 19 on a working production.
Vaccination Passport Productions Traffic Light System Guidance – updated 14th December 2021
Non-Vaccination Passport Productions Traffic Light System Guidance – updated 14th December 2021
Surveillance Testing information sheet here updated 14th December 2021
Each production is required to register with ScreenSafe – please read about these requirements carefully in the Protocols.
ScreenSafe COVID 19 Health and Safety Department Roles (these will be updated in the coming week – 14th December 2021)
A very big thank you to the ScreenSafe COVID 19 Health and Safety Group for all of your hard work putting these documents together.
Screen Industry Guild Aotearoa New Zealand Inc.
(Previously the NZ Film & Video Technicians’ Guild Inc.)