Thailand’s film industry told not to shoot love scenes, fighting or acts that involve close contact

WION Web Team New Delhi May 20, 2020, 02.35 PM(IST)

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Under guidance issued by Yupha Thawiwattanakit Bowon, deputy permanent secretary of culture, filmmakers must work in well-ventilated spaces, with no more than 50 crew members present.

To stave off the spread of novel coronavirus, Thailand’s film industry has been instructed not to shoot any love scenes, fighting or acts that involve close contact, according to a report in The Guardian.

As officials continued to relax lockdown measures across Thailand, production companies were told to adapt their work to comply with social distancing rules, the report added.

Under guidance issued by Yupha Thawiwattanakit Bowon, deputy permanent secretary of culture, filmmakers must work in well-ventilated spaces, with no more than 50 crew members present.

Special effects and camera angles can be used to help depict scenes that would usually require intimacy or contact, and all people off-camera must wear a mask.

Other measures to limit the risk of infection include screening actors and crew members on arrival for symptoms of Covid-19, making sure soap is readily available and that sets are cleaned thoroughly, the report said. 

People must remain at least one to two metres apart, Thai PBS reported, and the details of the crew must also be recorded in case an infection emerges and individuals need to be traced.

Thailand has eased quarantine measures over recent weeks as the rate of new infections has fallen.