On November 15 the Governor’s office released new guidelines in an effort to curb the surge of COVID-19 cases in Washington state. These new guidelines are currently in place until December 14.
The new guidelines largely apply to indoor and outdoor social gatherings, retail, and restaurants and do not impact film production. The communication from the Governor’s office states that “activities not included in the modified restrictions should follow the current guidance.” Film production was not included in the group of activities that were restricted.
Master Film Permit applications are currently being accepted for productions who show they are able to meet the existing guidelines. If changes in COVID-19 conditions make it necessary in the public interest, Seattle Master Film Permits will be suspended.
Productions must continue to follow the Phase 2 Motion Picture Production COVID-19 Requirements that were set forth by the Governor’s office on July 8. which have not been amended and should still be strictly followed. Any production working in Seattle should also review Washington Filmworks Production Best Practices and Departmental Best Practices as part of your pre-production planning.
Please be aware of the new travel advisory released last week, which suggests: Persons arriving in Washington from other states or countries, including returning Washington residents, should practice self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival.
To apply for a Seattle Master Film Permit, visit our website and fill out the online application. Please review the COVID-19 Film Guidance and Updates section of our website before applying for a permit, as some processes have temporarily changed to reflect public health guidance.