The Government of Spain announced a plan to “de-escalate” the confinement measures by which film and TV filming would be allowed to resume starting on May 11.

The President of the Government of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, announced on Tuesday a plan to “de-escalate” the confinement measures taken due to the Covid-19 spread that began on March 14 and which, among others, has paralyzed the audiovisual production industry in the country.

The plan includes four phases and a duration of between 6 and 8 weeks to reach “the new normal”.

According to the plan, on May 4, Phase 0 will begin, in which preparation for de-escalation will simply begin. The situation will not vary too much from the current one.

But from May 11 Phase I will begin, with the first reactivations of the economy. According to the details, some small businesses will open, home meetings will be allowed and the agriculture and fishing sectors will be reactivated.

And as far as production is concerned, the plan says that from that moment film and TV filming can be resumed.

Furthermore, and given that the de-escalation will be “asymmetrical” in the Spanish territory, some regions or communities will start directly in Phase I, such as Formentera in the Balearic Islands and the islands La Gomera, El Hierro and La Graciosa in the Canary Islands.

Thus, filming will be able to return on these islands on May 4.

To this end, the Secuoya Foundation published the guide “Filming safely after Covid-19”. Meanwhile, the new Association of Audiovisual Associations (AAA) is creating a protocol agreed on by all its member associations, which includes advertising, sound technicians, cinematographers, camera operators, production directors, directors and filmmakers, among others .