‘WE ARE EXCITED FOR THE BOOM’: MANITOBA’S FILM INDUSTRY COULD SOON START BACK UP

On Thursday, Manitoba released its draft plan for the second phase of reopening the province, which proposes film productions have permission to restart operations as long as cast, employees, and the public follow physical distancing of at least two metres.

WINNIPEG — Manitoba is one of the first provinces in Canada to give the all-clear for film productions to start back up, though local associations say they’re taking things slow before cameras start rolling in the province.

On Thursday, Manitoba released its draft plan for the second phase of reopening the province, which proposes film productions have permission to restart operations as long as cast, employees, and the public follow physical distancing of at least two metres.

It said productions must follow all provincial and federal travel restrictions.

This comes as good news for Rachel Rusen, CEO and Film Commissioner of Manitoba Film and Music.

“I think there is a need globally. The entertainment industry is a very large economic driver worldwide and certainly it makes a big difference in Manitoba,” she said. “We are very happy to have the government of Manitoba behind us for phase two.”

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