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I’ve been at three screen events in the last week where people close by are sniffing, coughing and doing it without masks.

Why are they even there?!

At our events and many others, organisers ask for people who have COVID-like symptoms, which include those of colds and flu, to stay home. They absolutely should.

Nearly all of us are contractors. If we get sick and have to take days off, we go unpaid. Those people who turn up to events showing symptoms are selfishly impacting on all of us, even though they may think they are no longer infectious.

We now have a new COVID variant to contend with and cases are on the rise. The Government is about to announce measures to try and alleviate the increase in infection numbers and hospitalisation cases. Things are getting worse again, people.

I had one friend recently who caught the flu. He said it’s the sickest he’s ever been in his life. I said he should have gone to hospital.

It’s obvious though that the general public, and that includes many of us, have become increasingly lackadaisical when it comes to COVID prevention. People aren’t wearing proper masks in public places, and those who wear masks under their chins or just covering their mouths are only doing one thing—contributing to the pile of PPE waste. Thankfully, our COVID protocols on set are being strictly managed on professional productions. If they weren’t, producers would likely run out of crew to replace those they are losing now in significant numbers.

Every individual has the right to make a choice about their own health, but you need to be considerate and follow basic health guidelines that help prevent others from getting sick. Please:

    • Wear a mask in public when indoors
    • Don’t attend events if you have symptoms
    • Isolate if you have COVID, a cold or the flu
    • Wash your hands frequently

I at least thank you in advance for doing this.

 

Tui Ruwhiu
Executive Director

Friday 1 July 2022

This is a reminder to all of the New Zealand Screen Sector that the ScreenSafe COVID-19 Protocols are still in place to make sure you keep each other safe on set.

We understand that it is tough keeping productions going under the current climate but we want to remind everyone that your health and safety is important. COVID is impacting on our sets around the country so please if you are unwell – please don’t come to work. Even if you are testing negative and you have symptoms we advise you to please stay at home.

Please continue to register your production on the ScreenSafe website registration form.

Here are the links to all of the information you need to follow the protocols:

ScreenSafe COVID 19 Toolkit

ScreenSafe Department Roles

ScreenSafe COVID 19 Production Registration Form

The key updates are:


No Requirement to Use QR Codes or to Contact Trace

Businesses no longer have to display a QR Code poster, although some businesses may still choose to use them. Productions are still encouraged to have contact tracing of some sort in place to prevent a wider production outbreak, but it is no longer a Government requirement.

No Requirement to Use My Vaccine Pass

There is no longer a requirement to use My Vaccine Pass. The Non-Vaccination Passport sections of the Protocols have now been removed and all productions will work under the same regulations.

If productions choose to use vaccination passports, they must undertake a robust health and safety risk assessment, along with any other relevant legal assessment, to ensure they are not unlawfully discriminating against workers within the workplace. A production must undertake a COVID-19 risk assessment to ascertain if there are any roles within production that require vaccination. A risk assessment might identify that some work can only be undertaken by a vaccinated employee for work health and safety purposes – for example, where the risk of contracting and transmitting COVID-19 at work is higher than it is in the community. Productions should follow WorkSafe’s advice and guidance in respect of how to conduct a health and safety risk assessment, and may also wish to seek independent legal advice.

Updated Testing & Isolation Requirements

Updated as per current Government guidelines. The self-isolation period is now only 7 days. This applies to Household Contacts, but not Close Contacts. Close Contacts should monitor for symptoms for 10 days.

Long COVID & COVID-19 in the Workplace

Updates on managing an outbreak in the production, including information about Long COVID and its potential impact on a workforce.

Immigration, International and Domestic Travel

New Zealand has reopened its borders to the outside world. These sections of the protocols have been almost completely rewritten, but we urge you to also seek out the latest Government information. Things are constantly changing in regards to immigration and international travel requirements.

Mask Wearing is Still Crucial

With many productions choosing not to use vaccination passports, the use of face masks is more important than ever. Please wear a mask to protect your colleagues, yourself and your family. Wearing a face mask will assist with the productions continuation when there are undetected positive case within a production.

If you do test positive or are a household contact you can receive financial support here.

While some productions will choose not to use QR Codes and Vaccination Passports, please note that our key tools will still remain: mask wearing, physical distancing, hygiene and increased ventilation. And as always – DO NOT come to work if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

Sincerely,
The ScreenSafe COVID-19 Group
Email: info@screensafe.co.nz

Tuesday 17th May 2022

The ScreenSafe COVID-19 Protocols have now been updated. New Zealand has been through the peak of the Omicron outbreak, the Government has eased many restrictions and the borders are now opening up to the outside world.

While the easing of restrictions will come as a huge relief to everyone, please note that new future variants may result in restrictions being brought back. Being careful and practicing good hygiene measures, both at home and at work, is our best chance at reducing new outbreaks.

ScreenSafe COVID-19 Updated Protocols

ScreenSafe COVID-19 Traffic Light Guidance

The key updates are:


No Requirement to Use QR Codes or to Contact Trace

Businesses no longer have to display a QR Code poster, although some businesses may still choose to use them. Productions are still encouraged to have contact tracing of some sort in place to prevent a wider production outbreak, but it is no longer a Government requirement.

No Requirement to Use My Vaccine Pass

There is no longer a requirement to use My Vaccine Pass. The Non-Vaccination Passport sections of the Protocols have now been removed and all productions will work under the same regulations.

If a productions choose to use vaccination passports, they must undertake a health and safety risk assessment, along with any other relevant legal assessment, to ensure they are not unlawfully discriminating against workers within the workplace. A production must undertake a COVID-19 health and safety risk assessment to ascertain if there are any roles within production that require vaccination. A risk assessment might identify that some work can only be undertaken by a vaccinated employee for work health and safety purposes – for example, where the risk of contracting and transmitting COVID-19 at work is higher than it is in the community. Productions should follow WorkSafe’s advice and guidance in respect of how to conduct a health and safety risk assessment, and may also wish to seek independent legal advice.

Updated Testing & Isolation Requirements

Updated as per current Government guidelines. The self-isolation period is now only 7 days. This applies to Household Contacts, but not Close Contacts. Close Contacts should monitor for symptoms for 10 days.

Long COVID & COVID-19 in the Workplace

Updates on managing an outbreak in the production, including information about Long COVID and its potential impact on a workforce.

My Vaccine Pass To Be Replaced

In early June the Government will roll out a new vaccination verification system, replacing the current My Vaccine Pass. We will send out additional information when this becomes available.

Immigration, International and Domestic Travel

New Zealand is re-opening its borders to the outside world. These sections of the protocols have been almost completely rewritten, but we urge you to also seek out the latest Government information. Things are constantly changing in regards to immigration and international travel requirements.

Mask Wearing is Still Crucial

Although use of QR Codes and Vaccination Passports are being phased out, it is worth noting that proper use of face masks is one of our best tools for fighting this virus.

While some productions will choose not to use QR Codes and Vaccination Passports, please note that our key tools will still remain: good mask wearing, physical distancing, good hygiene and good ventilation. And as always – DO NOT come to work if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

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Sincerely,

The ScreenSafe COVID-19 Group
Email: info@screensafe.co.nz

Piggy bank wearing a surgical mask

The Government is providing two schemes – one provided by Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage and the other by Inland Revenue – that can provide financial support for self-employed people and businesses who have been directly affected by a move to ‘Red’ under the COVID-19 Protection Framework.

  • Inland Revenue’s COVID-19 Support Payment is available for self-employed people and other businesses who have experienced at least a 40% drop in revenue. There will be three rounds of payments available.
  • The Ministry for Culture and Heritage’s Cultural Sector Emergency Relief Grant for Self-Employed Individuals will make a one-off grant of $5,000 available to self-employed people working in arts, culture or heritage, whose income has been directly affected by a move to ‘Red’ under the COVID-19 Protection Framework.

Self-employed people in the arts, culture and heritage sector will only be able to receive the Grant or the first COVID-19 Support Payment. We strongly recommend that self-employed people check their eligibility for both schemes, before commencing an application for the Grant for Self-Employed Individuals.

A reminder that organisations, including Sole Traders with employees, are not eligible for the Manatū Taonga Grant. They should, instead, take a good look at the criteria for Inland Revenue’s Covid Support Payment, or, if they are in real trouble, the Cultural Sector Emergency Relief Fund – Organisations. This is our fund of last resort and is used to support cultural organisations which are at clear risk of no longer operating viably. Organisations can receive up to $300,000 through this fund.

Online Information Sessions

These information sessions are open to anyone interested in applying for the Ministry’s Grant for Self-Employed Individuals, but also touch on the other support schemes administered by Manatū Taonga. The small-group sessions discuss and answer your questions around the application process, eligibility, the evidence you’ll need to provide, and introduce our online application system.

  • Tuesday March 8, 12pm
  • Wednesday March 9, 6:30pm
  • Thursday March 10, 12pm

RSVP here for your preferred session.

Or watch a recorded information session on Facebook Live.

Further Information

For the latest information on other initiatives in the Arts and Culture COVID Recovery Programme, see the Manatū Taonga website.

If you have specific questions, email Manatū Taonga at support.culture@mch.govt.nz.

Online Session

The online sessions of Rehearsal & Performance give screen directors and actors the chance to meet, practise and gain confidence rehearsing by video call in a safe and supportive space. We will focus particularly on how to sustain connection and engagement online.

Similar to the in-person sessions, all participants will spend time in Breakouts of one director and two actors. Groups will rehearse the same scene and perform them later for the class.

About Alison Bruce

Alison has worked in the theatre and screen industry for nearly 40 years. She’s primarily an actor, but is also a tutor and a maker. She has worked with Massive Theatre making work on Zoom during the lockdowns and, last year, co-directed a production of Julie Hill’s Stories Told to Me By Girls on Zoom. Her screen credits include Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog, One Lane Bridge and The Gulf.

Preparation

Selected directors and actors will be expected to do some script prep beforehand. We recommend actors are off-book. DEGANZ will provide the scene at least one week in advance.

Workshop Details:

When: Sunday 10 April, 9am – 12pm

Where: Zoom Meetings

Cost:
DEGANZ / Equity NZ / Ngā Aho Whakaari members – Free
Non-member – $49 (billed upon selection)

Our Payment and Cancellation Policy

Register your interest

Registrations close Friday 1 April, 10AM

Spots are limited to four directors and eight actors. If your name is selected, DEGANZ will contact you directly to confirm your participation.

Suitable for film school graduates (or equivalent) to mid-career directors.

Registration Form

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Made possible with the financial support of the New Zealand Film Commission

NZFC