COVID-19 Alert Level 3

This safety plan outlines the best practices that South Pacific Pictures will maintain in order to keep workers, and all those affected by the work they undertake, safe and healthy as work resumes under COVID-19 Alert Level 3.

The goals of this plan are to:

•   Keep workers and the wider community healthy and safe by preventing the spread of COVID- 19
•   Apply relevant guidance from the Ministry of Health and other Government agencies to our environment
•   Encourage a safe and respectful work environment and good communication between all workers
•   Sit alongside our usual health and safety controls to ensure we are safe at work Information provided in this Safety Plan is based on recommendations sourced from WorkSafe, Site Safe, Ministry of Health and World Health Organisation.

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Upon entry, all cast and crew are required to sign in by scanning the NZ Covid Tracer QR Code displayed at entry points.  Information on call times for staff will be gathered from daily call sheets should this information be required by Health Officials.

Please sanitise your hands both on entry and exit of the building.

Courier drivers are also required to scan the NZ Covid Tracer QR Code.  All deliveries will be received by the receptionist at the main SPP reception area.

Maintenance contractors may need to work in areas to repair or maintain equipment urgently. In this instance you will be advised prior to commencement of their work. You may be asked to stay out of the area they are working in and if the works can’t be carried out without vacating the area, the maintenance contractor will adhere to the requirements in this Safety Plan which will be communicated to them prior to them entering our premises. They will also be required to supply their Safety Plan so that South Pacific Pictures are satisfied the contractor is adhering to best and safe practice as outlined by the Ministry of Health.  They will also be required to sign in and out as usual with the SPP QR Code displayed at entry AND scan the NZ Covid Tracer QR Code



Physical distancing, sometimes known as “social distancing”, is about keeping a safe distance from others. Physical distancing means remaining 2 metres away  from  other people, or 1 metre  in a controlled  workplace.  This is  important  to  help  protect  us  from  Covid-19,  which  can  spread  via droplets  from  coughing  or  sneezing.  There  will  be  some  instances  where  only  1  metre  physical distancing  is  possible  due  to  the  nature  of our  work,  and  appropriate  PPE  must  be  worn  if  the situation  allows  (masks/gloves  –  see  following  advice  on  PPE), unless  an  appropriate  screen  is separating you (e.g. Control Room. At all other times, including outside your home bubble, adhere to the 2 metre rule.

The Producers have implemented the ability to shoot with cameras that enables physical distancing to be adhered to on set, but may look on screen, as if it is not.

There will be no high risk stunts and no intimacy scenes enacted during Alert Level 3.

Teams, or “bubbles”, are being kept as small as possible to ensure we can adhere to physical distancing requirements. Producers and Line-Producers have records of who is in what bubble or team, which has already been communicated to all cast and crew.  In the event “bubbles” need to be 
changed, this will be communicated by your Producers and/or Line-Producer. Records of these changes are to be kept for contact tracing purposes. You must remain in your bubbles and your bubble must remain on the designated floor. Upstairs and downstairs areas are to be treated as separate  workplaces with only approved travel between. If your bubble is broken, advise your HOD, Line-Producer or Producer immediately.

Travel to and from work
We expect all staff to travel to and from work individually, in their own private vehicle. Please advise us if that is not possible for you.

All cast are to remain separate from the crew and isolated from each other while not shooting. They are required to apply their own makeup and style their own hair and when required for checks, these will be done within the social distancing restrictions.  All Cast have been allocated their own dressing rooms where wardrobe will have placed costumes for dressing - checks will be done in the Wardrobe department on the way to set. At all times maintain physical distancing requirements as above.

No freelance extras are permitted during Level 3.  As a result, crew may be required to act as extras. They will be responsible for their own wardrobe, hair and makeup. Between scenes and while waiting off set, they will be required to stay in the Extras Waiting Room and will be required to keep to the physical distancing requirements.

Meetings (Internal & External)  All meetings with outside organisations are to be held remotely (e.g. Teams, Zoom, FaceTime). For internal meetings attendees must be kept to a minimum number and should be two metres apart from each other. Rooms should be well ventilated to allow fresh air circulation. Hold meetings in open areas where possible.

Eating Arrangements
Break times will be staggered and advised to you by production.  Do not gather in groups of more than 3  when  consuming  food  and  continue  to  adhere  to  the  2  metre  physical  distancing  rule.  You  are required  to  bring  your  own  pre-prepared  food  and  dinnerware  for  the  duration  of  Alert  Level  3. Kitchens are not to be used to prepare food.

Toilet Facilities
Physical distancing rules apply to the use of shared facilities including toilets. Wash your hands before and after using the facilities. In toilets where there are say, three cubicles, the cubicle wall itself is sufficient for physical distancing. However when you exit the cubicle, our facilities only have enough room for one person at a time to be at the basin washing their hands, 
so please stand back and allow the person at the basin to complete their hand washing and drying and allow them to exit the facilities.

Working from Home
If you have been requested to work during Level 3 by your Line Producer and you can do your work at home, then you must work from home. This must also be carried out in accordance with relevant health and safety requirements. Please contact our Health and Safety Manager if you would like any advice on setting up your work-from-home environment so you can work safely.


Hand Washing
Wash hands regularly – see guide (attached pg. 9 ) There are portable hand washing stations set up in each studio.  If unable to wash your hands, please sanitise them regularly.

Coughing Etiquette
Cough or sneeze into your elbow to minimise the spread of droplets – see Protect Yourself And Your Workmates Against COVID-19 (BELOW)

Kitchens will be shut down during Level 3.

Daily Regular Cleaning
Common touch points (e.g. stairwell railing, door handles, taps, benches, security access keypads, alarm pads) will be cleaned regularly throughout the day by a dedicated crew member as nominated by your Line-Producer. The make-up room will be cleaned between each use.

Sanitising Personal Work Stations/Equipment
Desk based crew are to disinfect with wipes or spray, their desks, pens, keyboard, mouse, phone and anything else on their desks they use regularly at the beginning and end of each day. More if you feel compelled.

Studio based crew are to disinfect their equipment (if safe to do so – e.g. lights are not safe to disinfect regularly if hot or plugged into a power source so should only be set up and dismantled by the same person – this would apply to camera department, sound etc.)  Minimise the amount of contact with equipment – e.g. lx department should only handle lx equipment, sound should only handle sound equipment etc.

Art department will disinfect props with wipes or spray where able to do so and they should minimise the amount of contact with props.

Wardrobe crew will arrange cleaning and sanitisation of costumes.

Food Utensils
Please  take  your  containers  and  utensils  home  to  wash  them  after  use.  Do  not  share  any  eating utensils.

Toilet and Shower Facilities
Sanitise and/or wash your hands before and after using the toilets. The showers should not be used for any other reason than decontamination from chemical spills or burns treatment. In the unlikely event you do use the showers for either of these purposes, the common touch points and the floor of the shower will need to be sanitised after use.

Work Vehicles
Where you need to use a work vehicle a log will be kept by Production to record who has used the car. There should be a dedicated driver per car if possible.  It is advisable to only have one person travelling at a time, however if you are carrying passengers in larger vehicles (vans) or one other passenger in a car, allow for spaces between passengers and have them sit in the back 
seat. Sanitise or wash your hands before and after travelling. Open the windows to keep air circulation going or have air- conditioning set to fresh air. If sharing a vehicle, wipe down the common touch areas of the vehicle after each use (steering wheel, handbrake, gear stick, dashboard, handles, etc. and wash hands before and after using the vehicle). Do not use work vehicles to 
transport family or those in your bubble outside of work hours.

PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
At Levels 2 and 3, face masks (or coverings) is a government recommendation.  All crew and cast should adhere to this whenever possible.
Safe Practice For The Use Of Face Masks – (BELOW) Safe Practice For The Use Of Gloves – (BELOW)

Disposing of PPE and Cleaning rags/cloths
There are designated bins throughout production and in the studio for the disposal of these items.

Returning Home After Work
To stop the possible spread of Covid-19, it is recommended that when you return home after work, you take all the necessary precautions to ensure that you and everyone in your home bubble are safe. See guidelines for Returning Home After Work.

Commercial Cleaning
At the end of each day, our regular cleaners will enter the building and include these additional measures, along with the normal regular cleaning processes:

⮚   Touch points sanitised:
•     All Door handles
•     Security keypads
•     Hand rails (SST internal stairwell)
•     Taps
•     Benches

⮚   Toilets sanitized

⮚   Kitchens sanitised

⮚   Bins marked “Covid Waste” with used masks/wipes/anything used to sanitise, emptied.

If  you  are  running  low  on  Sanitiser,  Wipes,  Cleaning  Products,  Rags,  Paper  towels,  
please  advise  the production office immediately and it will be replenished for you.



Accompanying this email and attached to this document  is a document entitled “Covid- 19 Health Declaration”. You are required to fill out this form and return it to your Line-Producer prior to starting work at all Alert Levels until further notice.  If you answer yes to any of the questions, do not come in to work and call your Line Producer or our Health and Safety Manager to discuss next steps. You may also need to confirm your health status on an ongoing basis, as reasonably required.

You must stay home if you are unwell.
Thermal thermometers are available from production if you would like to check your temperature during the day. Every day before you leave your house to come to work, you are required to do a “self check” following the steps on the Personal Health Flowchart (BELOW).
If you have any concerns about your health, age or any underlying conditions please check with your GP or Healthline.
Check     the     Ministry     of     Health     website     for     up-to-date symptoms     and     protocols: 19-novel-coronavirus-health-advice-general-public
Currently recognised symptoms are one or more of the following: a cough; a high temperature (at least 38°C); shortness of breath; sore throat; sneezing and runny nose; temporary loss of smell.

We will follow the guidelines set out in the document entitled Suspected or Confirmed Case of 
Covid- 19 at Work or as updated by the Ministry of Health – (attached pg.15) and will follow the 
advice of Public Health Officials.

These are strange and unprecedented times and it is completely normal to be feeling a raft of emotions – stress, fear and anxiety, sadness, loss – so many feelings. Some will be overwhelming and you need to know, you are not alone! If you need some help, a chat or some guidance on where to get 
help, talk to someone you trust who may be able to point you in the right direction. Here are some 
links to available resources:

•     EAP – (see attached information on page 16.)
•     Need to talk? (1737 – free call or text)
•     The Depression Helpline (0800 111 757)
•     Healthline (0800 611 116)
•     Lifeline (0800 543 354)
•     Samaritans (0800 726 666)
•     Youthline (0800 376 633)
•     Alcohol Drug Helpline (0800 787 797)

Websites services/mental-health-services-where-get-help


This document will continue to evolve - we need all cast and crew to have a say in our plan and we  encourage your input. The plan will be reviewed regularly by the Producers and Head Office Team based on new information from governing bodies. When changes or updates to this plan are made, the updated information will be communicated to you via email or will be attached to your daily callsheet. Printed copies can also be provided by your production office at your request.

Daily health and safety briefings will be held at the start of each work day.

Safe  and  recommended  practice  posters  will  be  placed  on  the  walls  around  the  building. Take  a moment to have a look at them. If you require any guidance or training, please let your HOD know who will arrange for training to be organised by South Pacific Pictures Healthy and Safety 
Manager, Melanie Jones.

Please communicate your suggestions or concerns to one of the following, by way of email, phone 
call, text or face to face (if you can practice physical distancing):

Your HOD, Line Producer or Producer.
See your crew list or ask a crew member for contact details

Download the document HERE