T.O. FILM OFFICE CONFIRMS IT WON’T ISSUE PERMITS FOR UP TO 12 WEEKS

The Toronto Film Office said it will comply with all orders from Toronto Public Health, meaning production will likely remain at a standstill until late June.

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The Toronto Film Office on Wednesday confirmed it will not issue film permits while safety restrictions and public health orders are still in place, meaning shooting in the most populous metropolitan area in Canada will likely remain at a standstill for up to 12 weeks.

Toronto Public Health on Tuesday advised that only essential businesses should remain open, and directed those not affected by the novel coronavirus to stay home except to access healthcare or medicine, purchase groceries once a week, walk dogs or exercise while maintaining a distance of two metres from others.

Those measures will be in place for up to three months, according to the city, though the duration of the restrictions could be adjusted should circumstances change.

“At the Film Office, our first concern is for the health and safety of Torontonians, and so we will be fully complying with these orders,” said a statement from Marguerite Pigott, Toronto’s film commissioner and director of entertainment industries.

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