Television and film sets are looking a bit different nowadays due to COVID-19 regulations.
As more people begin to return to work amidst the global pandemic, the entertainment industry is seeing some of the biggest protocol changes and effects.
Louisiana has been a popular production location for years, not only due to its film-friendly settings but also for the economic benefits like tax exemptions offered by the state.
The industry even has its own department of the state’s Office of Economic Development, Louisiana Entertainment.
Executive Group Director of Louisiana Entertainment Chris Stelly said projects that originally took hiatuses back in March are starting to return to the state as the department figures out safe ways for work to resume.
“We’re seeing things come back strong,” Stelly said. “We’re anticipating that it’s going to be busier than ever in 2021 once these projects that were started are finishing.”
Stelly also added that the precautions being taken on active sets are very similar to the steps taken by many others daily, despite how drastic these changes may seem to this line of work.
Simple precautions like wearing face coverings and maintaining distance while not shooting are paired with frequent testing and temperature checks.
“Like everybody else, they need to get back to work,” Stelly said. “They need content and so they’re doing it safely.”
Several films and television shows, like “NCIS: New Orleans” and “Queen Sugar”, have recently resumed filming, with other projects sure to follow suit soon.
Those interested in more information on statewide pandemic production policies can visit the Louisiana Entertainment website.