Hollywood has been shut down for about two months now, prohibiting all productions and many other entertainment jobs, since the very start of the coronavirus pandemic. But in a new announcement from Gov. Gavin Newsom, filming could start back up in some counties as early as Monday.
In a video call with industry leaders, Newsom said that the state will start rolling out the new protocols for filming starting next week. But filming can only begin again once each county meets all of the set requirements.
“It doesn’t mean they will meet the criteria,” Newsom added. “But if they do, they can begin moving, and your industry can start reopening. The good news is that we are starting to see some light.”
On Monday, Newsom even told the LA Times that he saw “no reason why we shouldn’t have production back in the next few months.” He also said he expects about 53 out of the 58 counties in the state to be able to start filming again soon, as long as all state requirements can be met.
“It remains a challenging part of the state for us still,” Newsom said of the halted production in Hollywood. “We are a little concerned, they will be a few weeks behind potentially everybody else.”
Check out more details on the Los Angeles Times.