COVID-19 Resources

We understand that these are difficult times for everyone. Please know that the Greater Cleveland Film Commission is keeping its finger on the pulse of the industry. We are constantly in touch with the studios and producers to remind them we are here for them and excited to support their productions when this passes.

Leaders across the industry continue to remain hard at work to determine how to safely and quickly resume production. In the meantime, we will share the most up-to-date protocols and procedures, training and certifications, and new ideas for getting safely back to work on this page.


Hollywood Labor Unions & Management Return-to-Work Agreement

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SOURCE: | David Rob
December 4, 2020

A multi-union coalition of Hollywood unions has reached an agreement with the Association of Independent Commercial Producers for new return-to-work protocols that largely mirror those adopted by the film and TV industry in September. Testing for the coronavirus is one of the major changes in the new AICP agreement, and now brings testing on commercial shoots more in line with those used on film and TV productions. The AICP says its member companies account for 85% of all domestic commercials aired nationally. Details here.


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SOURCE: | David Robb
September 21, 2020

Hollywood’s unions and management’s AMPTP finally have an agreement to return to work in the coronavirus era. Union sources say the deal took much longer to reach than they would have liked or expected.

The agreement means that the studios, networks, major companies and independent producers alike are cleared to resume production. The unions previously had adopted protocols called “Safe Way Forward” on June 12, and the Industry-Wide Labor Management Safety Committee Task Force had issued return-to-work protocols on June 1. Details here.


Industry White Paper







This white paper distributed in early June by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, “Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force.” It contains proposed health and safety guidelines for motion picture, television, and streaming productions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Download here.


Producers Guild Issues Protocols For Safe Return to Work






The Producers Guild of Ameria (PGA) recently issued its protocols for safe return to work procedures. These guidelines emphasize “‘regular testing’ for COVID-19; workdays no longer than 10 hours; no COVID-related liability waivers; ‘absolutely no visitors’ on set; the sanitizing of shared surfaces; proper ventilation in closed spaces, and remote working and video conferencing whenever possible.”

Read the full protocol guide here.


I.A.T.S.E. Grip Local 80 Protocol






I.A.T.S.E. Local Grips Local 80 has recently announced return to work protocol recommendations. These guidelines “are not definitive but are meant to serve as a model for safely returning to work until the unions and the AMPTP ‘come to a comprehensive agreement that will cover all the crafts covered by IATSE.’”


The MBS Group Protocol







As they anticipate fully resuming company operations, whether or not done in phases, this plan identifies the protocols MBS Group has established and will enforce in an effort to protect their staff and clients from the further spread of the COVID-19 virus. Download here.


Enterprise Rent-A-Car & National Car Rental

As an essential services provider that remains open to meet crucial transportation and personal mobility needs, Enterprise Rent-A-Car & National Car Rental would like to ensure their ongoing commitment to providing the options and service level your company and employee travelers need to feel confident. Download Duty of Care, Complete Clean Pledge, and Enterprise Branches – NEO.


Become a COVID-19 contact tracer with Purdue Global’s online course






Purdue University Global’s new COVID-19 Contact Tracing Course employs the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to maximize efficient training through accurate, ethical, and legal principles. This non-degree, non-certificate course is free through June 30, 2021, and covers all the CDC’s recommended training objectives using a variety of learning strategies, including reading materials, video, case scenarios, and knowledge assessments. Click here to learn more about how you can help stop the spread of COVID-19 as a contact tracer.

Emerging respiratory viruses, including COVID-19: methods for detection, prevention, response and control




This course from the World Health Organization provides a general introduction to COVID-19 and emerging respiratory viruses and is intended for public health professionals, incident managers and personnel working for the United Nations, international organizations and NGOs. Click here to enroll.


OSHA Certifications




OSHAcademy training is recognized and used by government agencies, colleges and technical schools, and businesses and individuals across the nation. Enroll now in Course 638 Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 and Course 139 Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting.


COVID-19 Contact Tracing



The COVID-19 crisis has created an unprecedented need for contact tracing across the country, requiring thousands of people to learn key skills quickly. The job qualifications for contact tracing positions differ throughout the country and the world, with some new positions open to individuals with a high school diploma or equivalent. Click here to enroll.


Safe Sets™ COVID-19 Level A Program



Created by Safe Sets International, this program is designed to communicate the most current health and safety information relevant to the community of filmmakers, producers, crew, and industry professionals. The materials have been sourced using reputable, science-driven resources and reviewed by medical experts. Click here to start learning.








Watch Mandy Panel Session on Making Film Sets Safe

In case you missed the Mandy Facebook Page discussion about Covid-19 safety in the entertainment industry, you can watch it anytime HERE.

In this discussion, you’ll hear from Marc Auerbach, a Location Manager, Screenwriter, and Author based in NYC, who now also works as a COVID-Compliance Officer. After catching Covid-19, he dedicated his time to becoming certified in COVID safety practices. He now works with sets during pre-production to ensure all components are taking safety precautions.

You’ll also hear from Alex Pollak, the CEO of ParaDocs – a collaboration of Doctors and Paramedics and a Worldwide Medical Service that serves clients across many industries. As projects resume, their medics have been on set as both set medics and as COVID-Compliance Officers, working with various productions to assist with COVID testing and to ensure cast and crew members are safe.








Sanity System® – Ozone as a Disinfectant

Among the world widespread disinfectants, ozone is one of the best agents to remove germs and bacteria. Its high oxidative power makes it the most effective in nature (second just to the fluorine which is toxic) and stronger than the traditional chemical cleansers. Learn more about Sanity System.


HiberGene Diagnostics – CE marking of COVID-19 test

HiberGene Diagnostics (“HiberGene”) is pleased to announce that it has successfully completed the CE marking of a new fast molecular COVID-19 test, which is now available for sale in Ireland and internationally. This new test delivers positive results in approximately 30 minutes. Learn more about HiberGene.


EvaClean – PUR•ONE Effervescent Cleaner & Disinfectant Tablets

EvaClean PUR·ONE is a multi-purpose, sporicidal grade, cleaner/disinfectant that eliminates the need for quats, neutral cleaners and other chemicals that do little to prevent outbreaks of the most dangerous healthcare pathogens like C. diff, Candida auris, and other emerging threats. Learn more about the EvaClean system.



GCFC Community Resource Guide






Working remotely, the GCFC staff continues to support filmmakers, crew, vendors, members, donors, partners and the public. This Community Resource Guide compiles GCFC resources, union and guild support, and links to immediate local assistance. Click here to learn more.


GCFC Ultimate Streaming Guide





Now that the weather is nicer and the world has begun to reopen, you might not be looking for things to stream. Either way, we have continued to update our Ultimate Streaming Guide with low-cost internet recommendations, virtual event streaming, and more. Click here to learn more.