FSC lifts production hold, releases COVID-19 guidelines

June 14, 2020 Blog

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Free Speech Coalition lifts adult filming production hold, releases health & safety guidelines & resources

The Free Speech Coalition (FSC), a North American trade association for the adult industry that primarily focuses on the traditional “pro porn” filming sector, has announced that it is lifting the voluntary production hold that has been in place since March 15, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The FSC has also released a set of COVID-19 health and safety guidelines for adult film production, designed in consultation with producers, performers, and medical professionals.

Excerpts from the FSC announcement:

FSC’s Preliminary Health and Safety Guidelines for Adult Film Production Are Now Available
Since late April, the FSC COVID-19 Task Force has met twice a week — as well as spoken with advisory groups of producers, performers, and medical experts — to discuss benchmarks for lifting the production hold and developing the guidance needed to safely resume production.

We are now releasing those guidelines and removing the voluntary production hold that has been in place since March 15, for productions that meet the following criteria.

  • Mainstream film production is permitted in the jurisdiction where the shoot will occur.
  • The company or independent producer responsible for the shoot has a written safety plan that includes COVID-19 infection prevention and response protocols.

Does this mean it is safe to shoot?
No. The coronavirus pandemic is ongoing, with the number of cases and the positivity rates rising in multiple regions where adult film production occurs. However, given that COVID-19 is not specific to adult production, you cannot eliminate the risk of COVID-19 exposure and infection, but you can reduce the risk by choosing the safest production situations possible.

  • It is safest to create content alone or with people who live in your household.
  • Face-to-face contact increases your risk of infection.
  • Activities involving contact between mucous membranes (oral, vaginal, anal) increases your risk of infection.
  • Each performer you add to a scene increases your risk of infection.
  • Each crew member you add increases your risk of infection.
  • Shooting indoors increases your risk of infection.
  • Shooting in a location you don’t control increases your risk of infection.
  • Traveling to a shoot outside of your city increases your risk of infection.

Please visit the FSC website to read the full announcement and all of the new guidelines.

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