Govt lays down rules for filming under CMCO

by ALIFAH ZAINUDDIN/ pic by BERNAMA

DRAMA productions and advertisement companies will be allowed to start filming again after Hari Raya Aidilfitri provided that cast members and crews adhere to strict health rules, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (picture) yesterday.

The minister outlined several guidelines that will be applied on-set which include a ban on buffet services and a requirement for make-up artists to put on face shields.

The rules also state that meetings and auditions can only be done online, while the number of actors and film crews allowed during a shoot should not exceed 20. Film companies will also be required to appoint a health officer to monitor compliance at all stages of production.

“The actors and crews will be subjected to social distancing rules. They will not be allowed to film scenes which require them to be in close contact. They can perhaps pan the shoot to make it look like the actors are physically close when in reality they are not,” Ismail Sabri said.

Centre stage filming, theatre shows and live performances involving a studio audience are still prohibited throughout the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) period.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah on Tuesday said the government has given the green light for the filming industry to resume its activities. Saifuddin said he will hold a meeting with industry players today to understand the operations of live programmes.

In a separate development, Ismail Sabri said the number of attempts to travel across states for Hari Raya doubled on Tuesday, with the police ordering 3,212 motorists to turn around.

Interstate travel continues to be restricted, with exceptions granted to emergency cases and those commuting for work. Ismail Sabri said the police arrested 44 individuals for flouting rules on Tuesday. The authorities also issued compounds on 51 individuals for disobeying the law.

Meanwhile, Malaysia My Second Home participants who are stranded overseas will need to file a request before they are allowed to return to Malaysia.

“The Cabinet has agreed to allow them to return to Malaysia but not on an automatic basis. They will have to submit an application before they are allowed to come back. We will also have to consider where they are coming from,” Ismail Sabri said.

If they are from high risk countries, (decisions) may or may not be determined by the Ministry of Health, the National Security Council and the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.