Yoruba filmmakers and actors have resumed shooting following the gradual relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions in Nigeria.
The president of Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN), Bolaji Amusan, aka Mr Latin, confirmed this in an interview with PREMIUM TIMES in Lagos on Tuesday.
Mr Latin said it had become necessary to resume movie shoots because it had been difficult for his colleagues to make ends meet during the lockdown.
He also said the relaxed restriction on movie production was in line with the Lagos State government’s relaxation order which took effect from June 1.
He said, “Our industry is not one where you can work solo, you need people around you to work with, you need your crew, the directors, the location managers, the actors, the cameramen, and a lot like that. It is difficult to work while keeping social distance but we are just trying to make ends meet.”
According to him, his industry has put ‘certain guidelines’ in place to ensure strict compliance with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) guidelines on film sets.
“Now that we have resumed shooting movies, we instructed our members to maintain social distancing as much as possible, to make sure that they don’t do anything that negates the dictates of the NCDC and the ministry of health. They must also comply with all directives from the federal government.”
The actor added that they have also prohibited some acts like “overnight shoots, working in crowds, and unnecessary gatherings”. “Actors must now wash their hands and apply hand sanitisers as frequently as possible while on set,” he added.