Creative industry and sports leagues get some leeway

KUALA LUMPUR: The creative industry will be allowed to operate with a strict standard operating procedure (SOP) starting today.

Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the six sectors in the industry that would be allowed include animation and music production, post-production in studio, music development via digital channels, and studio-based song recording.

Also included are pre-production shooting and studio-based shooting encompassing dramas, telemovies, commercials, documentaries, sitcoms, livestreaming as well as cultural, arts and heritage recording, without an audience.

“Production companies must apply for the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (Finas) special shooting certification (SPP), which contains the list of names of production crew for studio shooting.

“(Covid-19) screenings must be conducted on all crew members involved in shooting while the results must be shown to Finas three days prior to shooting.

“The issuance of the SPP is subject to the result of the screenings. Only crew members who passed the screenings are allowed, ” he told a press conference yesterday.

Face-to-face auditions are not allowed as they should be conducted via the Internet or via video, he added.

Ismail Sabri also announced that quarantine-based training will be allowed for the Malaysian Football League, the Malaysian Hockey League and the Sepak Takraw League starting next Monday.

He said the government made the decision to allow such training after various risk assessments following a proposal by the Youth and Sports Ministry.

Ismail Sabri said the training location and the movement of athletes must be conducted according to the “sports bubble” model.

The Youth and Sports Ministry also proposed that a few sports activities be permitted, especially individual and contactless sports, for the purpose of physical fitness and health, he added.

“We are in the midst of scrutinising the proposal and we will make an announcement soon, ” he said.

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