California has announced that it will reopen film, television, and music production from June 12 if conditions permit following several months of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the governor’s office on Friday.
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The film, music, and television productions in California were shut down since mid-March, this year following the intensity of the coronavirus pandemic which has claimed many lives in the state, although the reopening will be subject to approval by local health officers, the California Public Health Office said.
“To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, productions, cast, crew and other industry workers should abide by safety protocols agreed by labor and management, which may be further enhanced by the county public health officers,” it said.
However, it’s not certain if major Hollywood studios will be allowed to return to work from next week since Los Angeles County is one of the main coronavirus epicenters in California, which recorded about half the infections and deaths in the state.
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To date, more than 125,000 coronavirus infection cases and 4,500 deaths have been confirmed in California alone.