Following a rise in cases of artistes testing positive for Covid-19, the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) has appealed to celebs and film units to reduce their staff members on sets. Talking about the increasing number of cases, BN Tiwari, president of FWICE asked celebs to cut down on their personal staff. He said, “Actors thought that corona had gone and started getting 10 members including bodyguards, managers, make-up people and hairstylists with them, each had more than one assistant. But we are redrafting SOPs for the artists and will be mentioning the minimum number of staff that can be on set.”
Last year when the government drafted the Covid guidelines, it was clearly stated that artistes are encouraged to wrap their make-up at home and report on the sets with minimal staff and ideally make-up and hairstyling of an actor should be handled by the same person/staff and fittings and trials were supposed to take place at their residence, whereas look test can be shared over video calls.
There were stringent rules and regulations for talent and make-up artists as well. They were supposed to wash hands with soap before and after every session. Mix make-up on a disposable palette and if possible, use only one brush applicator per actor; assign one brush to one actor, avoid hair and make-up for secondary and backup actors. Face shield to be worn by hair and make-up artists and PPE must be worn during hair and make-up duration, which involves person-to-person contact.
Several celebs including Aamir Khan, R Madhavan, Akshay Kumar, Vicky Kaushal, Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Bhumi Pednekar, Govinda and others have tested positive for Coronavirus in the past few days.