|9/18/2020||COVID-19 has greatly impacted the ability to shoot live-action productions. |
The ability to shoot will continue to be fluid and may be further restricted by federal and/or local government and/or union safety and health rules.
Discuss resuming live-action filming with your legal department and APR contact prior to contracting any project, and also regularly during the production.
Updates are made to this tracker as they become publicly available, and while every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, APR cannot accept responsibility for any loss incurred by any person acting or refraining from action as a result of the material in this tracker. If you require any specific advice concerning workplace health and safety, or other expert assistance, we recommend that you consult a competent professional adviser and the local health authorities.
|States in Green are OPEN|
(states with * offer commercial incentives)
|Most states require14-day quarantine for all out-of-state travelers. For the most current information regarding travel restrictions, check the Interactive Covid-19 Travel Regulations Map located in the Industry Ref Docs tab.|
|STATE||STATUS||NOTES||DATE UPDATED||LINKS||UPDATED BY||Live Action Filming Allowed||Crew/cast Max number allowed||INT/Studio Shoot||Location Shoot||Inbound travel allowed?||Remote capability||Info links|
|Alaska||OPEN FOR BUSINESS||Contact each city for permit information, no central film office|
Note new travel restrictions for all entering the state
|Arkansas||OPEN FOR BUSINESS|
1. All permits issued by state film office
2. Production must follow governor safety guidelines
3. All productions must submit their own covid-19 action plan to state film office
|6/2/2020||AR||WW||Yes||20||Yes||14 day quarantine if from NY, NJ, CT, IL||Yes|
|Arizona||OPEN FOR BUSINESS||1. Arizona is open for filming and issuing filming permits, as long as the filming complies with Governor's current Executive Order - see link for each city's office||9/4/2020||PHX|
|AML||Yes||Check w/ city||Yes||Yes||Yes||AZ Film|
|California||OPEN FOR BUSINESS||1. SEE LINK in Industry Ref Docs tab for SAFE WAY FORWARD (DGA, IATSE, SAG, Teamsters)|
2. FilmLA announces permits availability by region - see LINK
3. LA County Health Dept. protocols LINKED - Health Compliance Officer required for every shoot in LA County.
4. SF Permit offices open - details linked
5. All crew and personnel on location must comply with social distancing, face covering, and sanitation requirements as noted in the Order of the Health Officer.
6. If filming indoors, the location must be (and remain) closed to the public.
|Yes||Check w/ city||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Deadline - LA Protocols summary
|Colorado*||OPEN FOR BUSINESS||1. All film permits in State are handled locally - check links for more information||7/15/2020|
|WW||Yes||Check w/ city||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Cleaning Guidance|
Colorado Film Office
|Connecticut*||OPEN FOR BUSINESS||1. The state government is in Phase 2 of reopening|
2. Businesses are asked to self certify before opening - see LINK
3. State film permits are required for use of any state roads, real property, other assets.
4. City film permits are required for use of any city roads, real property, other assets.
|PA||Yes||Check w/ city||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|DC, Washington||OPEN FOR BUSINESS||A production company may submit a permit application for consideration and review if the production meets the following criteria: |
(1) has a cast and crew of less than 50 persons
(2) does not involve actors/talent performing within 6 feet of each other
(3) does not include requests for production vehicle parking
(4) does not require the supervision or support of any District of Columbia public safety agency
(5) does not include requests for street closures or traffic control
(6) submits a plan and protocol for on-set safety and social distancing.
Once submitted, the application will be reviewed to ensure the production request aligns with all Phase One public safety guidance before a film permit will be issued.
|Florida||OPEN FOR BUSINESS||1. Contact individual area film office for specific city details|
2. Orlando issuing film permits
3. Miami issuing permits on case by case basis - see link to Miami specific protocols
4. Film FL link details specific safe set protocols
|6/3/2020||FL||PR||Yes||Varies by city||Yes||Yes||Yes||Film FLA||MIAMI|
|Georgia*||OPEN FOR BUSINESS||1. GA Covid best practices linked|
2. See specific city/county guidelines for permitting
|9/9/2020||GA||WW||Yes||Atlanta 25||Yes||Yes||Yes||Tyler Perry|
|Idaho||OPEN FOR BUSINESS||Permits vary by city||6/1/2020||ID||TM||Yes||Varies by city||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Illinois*||OPEN FOR BUSINESS|
1. Be Safe Chicago guidelines LINKED
2. Stages will be cleaned and sanitized after every shoot at production companies cost and Stages will be locked after each sanitization
|AML||Yes||Varies||Travel restictions in place from select states - 14 day quarantine||Yes|
|Indiana||OPEN FOR BUSINESS||Gary and Indianapolis issuing permits on case by case basis||7/15/2020||IN||AML||Yes||100||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Iowa||OPEN FOR BUSINESS||1. Permits not required - see link for more details|
2. Produce Iowa doc outlines all requirements
|Kansas||OPEN FOR BUSINESS||Productions must be registered with safety measures in place - see link for guidelines and registration||7/15/2020||KS||AML||Yes||EXT=Few as possible|
INT = 50% of capacity
|Louisiana*||OPEN FOR BUSINESS||1. Statewide Guidelines released - SEE LINK|
2. All productions are asked to file a safety plan with the local entity providing the permits (even when not required to do so)
3. All productions require Covid-19 Compliance Officer
|CC||Yes||few as possible||Yes||Yes||LA Film office|
|Maine||OPEN FOR BUSINESS||1. All productions must register and complete a Certified Visual Media Production Report|
2. Maine does not have an official guidance document specifically for Film and Photography, but they do ask all follow the COVID19 Prevention Checklist, General Business.
|AML||Yes||less than 50||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Maryland||OPEN FOR BUSINESS||The Maryland Film Office will be able to connect you with a local contact for filming in other jurisdictions throughout the State.||6/24/2020||MD||AML||Yes||MD Film|
|Michigan||OPEN FOR BUSINESS||1. No statewide protocols released|
2. Check with specific cities for permits, crew limits
|8/3/2020||MI||AML||Yes||check with individual cities||Yes||Yes||Detroit|
|Mississippi||OPEN FOR BUSINESS||1. State requiring all productions to follow their handbook - LINKED |
2. The Mississippi Film Office stresses that suggestions for COVID-19 health and safety are not limited to their guidelines.
3. Guidelines Posted outlining all safety protocols
|7/15/2020||MS||AML||Yes||No limit||Yes||Yes||Yes||MS Film office|
|Missouri||OPEN FOR BUSINESS||1. Production companies must have a plan for on-set social distancing and sanitization and PPE. |
2. Stage shooting is allowed, no limit on crew size although a social distancing plan needs to be put in place as well as proper sanitization and PPE.
3. Film permits for commercials are not required but a film plan should be sent to the City of St Louis Film Office - see link
|TB||Yes||As few as possible|
INT - 50% of capacity
|Montana||OPEN FOR BUSINESS||1. Montana is open for filming on a limited basis provided all follow general statewide guidelines for social distancing.|
2. Permits are considered on a case by case basis – in particular for public lands and federal agencies.
3. State asks producers to be cognizant of Native American communities that may be especially vulnerable to the spread of Covid-19. Production must get approval from tribal administrations for shooting.
4. State Discouraging shoots with large numbers of extras and elderly participants.
|WW||Yes||only essential crew||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Nebraska||OPEN FOR BUSINESS||1. State does not require permits, check on local level.|
2. All projects must be registered - see link
3. No craft service allowed
|Nevada*||OPEN FOR BUSINESS||1. Film permits resuming on a case by case basis |
2. The following jurisdictions will be issuing permits for cast/crew of 50 people or less and in accordance with the Governor’s Phase 2 General Guidance
Boulder City, City of Henderson, City of Las Vegas, City of North Las Vegas, City of Reno, Clark County
3. Lake Mead issuing film permits on a case by case basis
4. Private Property (including Casinos): Filming is not allowed without approval of the property.
5. Permit application paperwork should be correctly submitted no less than 30 days prior to the filming date.
|6/9/2020||NV||AML||Yes||Varies, some areas less than 50||Yes||Yes||Yes||NV Film|
|New Jersey||OPEN FOR BUSINESS||1. Film Commission will remain operative via phone and email, (email@example.com) - until further notice along with other State Government Offices. |
2. They have been mirroring NYC as far as general guidelines
small as possible
|Yes||Yes||Travel restictions in place from select states - 14 day quarantine||Yes|
OPEN FOR BUSINESS
|1. NY Media guidelines with Mandatory and Recommended protocols Linked |
2. NY State: If your production does not require a film permit, you may begin production - see NY link for guidance.
3. Check with regional municipalities for individual guidance
4. Per NY State permit office, Media guidelines apply to all media production including marketing
NY Media Guide
|LT/AML||Yes||Varies - See LINK||Yes||Yes||Travel restictions in place from select states - 14 day quarantine||Yes|
|North Carolina||OPEN FOR BUSINESS||1. Permits handled at the local level (Charlotte, Wilmington, etc).|
2. Production companies asked to submit detailed plan for enforcing CDC Guidelines during the shoot
3. Productions asked to complete Intent to Film Form - LINKED
|NC State Guidelines|
|North Dakota||OPEN FOR BUSINESS||Permits vary - check link for film office info||6/16/2020||ND||WW||Yes||Yes|
|Ohio*||OPEN FOR BUSINESS||1. Permits handled at the local level - contact specific area - see links||9/8/2020||OH|
|Oklahoma||OPEN FOR BUSINESS||1. Check link for updated state protocols|
2. Permits vary by region
|6/9/2020||OK||AML||Yes||few as possible||Yes||Yes||Yes||OK Prod Directory|
|Oregon||OPEN FOR BUSINESS||1. Oregon Production protocols LINKED|
2. Permits handled locally
3. Productions expected to submit written health/safety plan
|WW||Yes||Check w cities||Yes||Yes|
|Pennsylvania*||OPEN FOR BUSINESS||Check with cities for requirements||9/18/2020||PA||AML||Yes||INT 25% of capacity||Yes||Yes||PA Film|
|South Carolina||OPEN FOR BUSINESS||1. Different municipalities (beach communities) may have individual guidelines. |
2. No statewide guidelines, recommend following CDC guidelines
3. All productions must provide a proposal which outlines the production company plan for sanitization, social distancing, etc.
4. If filming in Charleston, must contact the Cultural Events Office for permits/permissions.
|South Dakota||OPEN FOR BUSINESS|
1. No statewide protocols but all encouraged to follow local guidelines
2. Permits vary - check link for info
|Tennessee*||OPEN FOR BUSINESS||1. Permits vary - check TN Ent Comm link for film office info|
2. Shooting Guidelines developed by Nashville Filmmaker Guild
3. Nashville in Phase 2 / Limit of 25 ppl may increase to 50 soon
4. Nashville healthy on set guidelines LINKED
|Yes||25||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||https://nashvillefilmmakers.com/healthyonsettn/.||TN Ent Commission|
|Texas||OPEN FOR BUSINESS - check local updates before proceeding||1. On-set/on-location media production may operate provided they can comply with state-recommended safety guidelines, as outlined in the Open Texas Checklist for Media Production - Doc linked|
2. Limit the number of individuals indoors at any time to 50% of the building’s capacity; no maximum capacity for a production outdoors.
3. As with all the local jurisdictions, there may be some limits on public property use (i.e. parks, streets, sidewalks) for public safety; local permitting will be looked at on a case-by-case basis while making sure productions meet the Governor’s requirements.
4. Texas govt asks all projects register - see LINK
|AML||Yes||Check w cities||Yes||Yes||Yes||TX Prod Registration Form|
|Utah||OPEN FOR BUSINESS||Varies by county - check link for film office info||7/15/2020||UT|
|AML||Yes||few as possible||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Virginia*||OPEN FOR BUSINESS||1. Permits handled at local level and only needed for state/public property |
2. Refer to link for info on health guidelines and best practices
|6/11/2020||VA||WW||Yes||Varies by city and type of shoot||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||https://www.film.virginia.org/covid-19-updates/|
|Wisconsin||OPEN FOR BUSINESS||City of Milwaukee under "safer at home" orders and no filming allowed with no resume date given.||9/18/2020||WI||AML||Yes||Varies by city||Yes||Yes||WI FIlm|
|Wyoming||OPEN FOR BUSINESS||1. Varies by country - check link|
2. Most of Wyoming does not require film permits unless you will need to close public spaces, will include stunts, or wildlife involved.
3. The National Park Service, Forest Service, and Bureau of Land Management are issuing very limited permits at this time
|Hawaii||Partially Open||1. Oahu is open for production and includes the city of Honolulu. |
2. The production company must register any production on Oahu, including private property, with the Honolulu Film Office for the purposes of contact tracing a minimum of 48 hours prior and must complete the one-page Registration of Production Activity form.
|AML||Yes||pods of 10||Yes||Yes||14 day quarantine for all arriving|
|Minnesota*||Partially Open||1. Shoots with crews of less than 10 allowed|
2. No communal craft svc or meals. Individuals will be designated crafty bags or plated meals.
3. Audio will not use Lav mics. Shotgun/Boom only.
|8/3/2020||MN||AML||Yes||pods of 10||Yes||Yes||MN Film|
|Washington*||Partially Open||1. Production is allowed to resume in Counties in phase 2|
2. Phase 2 guidelines LINKED
|Alabama||1. No filming allowed. Safer at home extended through August.|
2. Once allowed, projects will be looked at on a case by case basis taking into account location and size of crews.
3. All projects need approval of local officials in the cities where they are taking place.
|Delaware||Phase 1 reopening does not include filming||5/28/2020||DE||AML||No|
|Kentucky||Filming not permitted||5/29/2020||KY||AML||No|
|Massachusetts*||Film production not allowed but they may allow small (less than 10 people) on a case by case basis||6/2/2020||MA||WW||No|
|New Hampshire||No filming until further notice||6/4/2020||NH||AML||No|
|New Mexico*||No filming until further notice||8/3/2020||NM||AML||No|
|Rhode Island||No filming until further notice - will evaluate end of June||6/4/2020||RI||AML||No|
|Vermont||Phased reopening - arts offices closed||5/28/2020||VT||AML||No|
|West Virginia||WV film office will review on case by case basis once open||6/1/2020||WV||AML||No|