PM promises to look into relaxing restrictions on entertainment industry
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha on Thursday accepted proposals of the Creative Industry and Artists Network to ease Covid-19 measures related to filmmaking and reopening of theatres.
PM's Office spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said the meeting was held via video conferencing between the premier and representatives of the network which consists of over 40 organisations in the entertainment industry as well as national and local artists.
The network has proposed that filmmaking crews be allowed to continue working while movie theatres and similar establishments be allowed to open in low-risk areas.
Prayut promised to have the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) consider the proposals as well as issue necessary regulations to ensure a safe working environment for personnel from the creative industry.
“The prime minister urged the network to submit the list of personnel who will be working at filming locations so that authorities could supply Covid-19 vaccine as well as antigen test kits to help prevent the virus from spreading among filmmaking crews,” said Thanakorn. “He also promised to have the ministries of Finance, Fiscal Police Office and Office of the National Economics and Social Development Council provide financial aid to those in the creative industry, including granting tax breaks and soft loans to keep their businesses afloat amid the pandemic situation.”