LOVE BOMB - Video Project & COVID Plan

September 3, 2020
Posted In:In Development
Executive Summary:
COVID-19 Safety Plan for shameless hussy productions (shp) Love Bomb Video
The safety and well-being of members of shameless hussy productions (shp), including our actors, crew, staff and volunteers, is of utmost importance. With this in mind, we have developed a COVID-19 safety plan to support rehearsals and filming associated with the creation of the training video of Love Bomb for the RCMP.
This safety plan is informed by guidance from the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), the BC Restart Plan, WorkSafe BC and with advisory consultation from the Actsafe Safety Association. shp will remain responsive to any new public health guidance issued by B.C.’s Chief Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry; we will expand upon activities permitted and/or restrict them, as required.
In accordance with Phase 3 of the BC Restart Plan, our shp WorkSafe BC COVID-19 Safety Plan will be available for viewing on-site during rehearsals and shooting of the video. As well, each cast and crew member will be emailed the plans no later than 4 weeks prior to filming and 3 weeks before rehearsal.
Overall context
The following plan has been created with this in mind:
• We are trusting that everyone associated with shp is committed to following current B.C. public health guidelines. shp cannot “police” our actors and crew; rather we will follow the lead of B.C.’s Chief Provincial Health Officer and trust that everyone affiliated with shp is committed to taking all reasonable steps to uphold the greater good of health and well-being for all.
• We live in a time and place where there is an inherent, albeit low, level of risk of contracting COVID-19 in virtually everything we do. With this in mind, the shp COVID-19 Safety Plan allows for some low level risk and works to address what is probable, as opposed to exceptional or rare.
Pre-rehearsal & film shoot - travel
• shp in-person rehearsals are expected to begin on September 21, 2020. Prior to this date, we understand our actors and crew may be travelling and engaging in other summer vacation plans. We ask you to accommodate the following advice to help minimize risk to shp actors, crew, staff and volunteers:
o If you are travelling or engaging in other vacation plans within the province of B.C., please adhere to all aspects B.C. public health
o If you are travelling outside of B.C., please aim to return home 14 days prior to the first in-person rehearsal (September 7, 2020) and follow
B.C. public health guidance to actively self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms that include but are not limited to:
o Fever, chills, dry cough, runny nose,

o Aches & pains, sore throat, headache

o Difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell 

o nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue

If you are crew involved in the film shoot only, please aim to return home 14 days prior to the first day of shooting (September 14, 2020) and follow B.C. public health guidance to actively self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.

We acknowledge that there has been some variation with respect to out-of-province travel advice, but our guidance is informed by shp own risk-tolerance and the activities we will undertake during rehearsals and the film shoot.

If you are travelling outside of Canada, you will be required to return home 14 days prior to first in-person rehearsal (September 7, 2020) and follow B.C.’s public health guidance for self-isolation.

SHP’s stage manager, Stephen Bulat, will have cast and crew fill out and sign the ENTRANCE SCREENING CRITERIA form we have created, with the help of the provincial health authority, each day of rehearsal and shoot. This form will contain (but is not limited to) questions such as:

1. Have you had any of these symptoms: fever, cough, or shortness of breath? yes no

2. Been outside of Canada? yes no

3. Been in contact with someone who had or may have had COVID-19? yes no 4. Been in contact with someone who has been sick? yes no

The stage manager and director will be the only members who can view these completed forms which will be kept in the stage managers binder till the end of the shoot.

Rehearsal Space and Venue

• shp has been commissioned by the RCMP to provide a video of the play, Love Bomb for internal police use only. (What we are working on September 21-30)

• Rehearsals will take place at Carousel Theatre’s rehearsal hall – Studio A, September 21-25, 2020. Only shp will use this venue during this time. Cleaning, sanitization and disinfection of the venue will be completed by the stage manager before and after each rehearsal. A log book with specific duties necessary for the disinfection of the room and rehearsal will be filled out by the stage manager upon completing the tasks.

• The film shoot of Love Bomb will occur at the Arts Club Lounge on Granville Island September 28-30, 2020. Only the cast and crew will be permitted on the premises during the shoot. The stage manager will be responsible for cleaning and sanitizing this space as well. The total number of cast and crew at either rehearsal space or location will not exceed 9.


Self-monitoring, self-isolation & social bubbles

• Please refer to guidance on “pre-rehearsal & film shoot - travel” to understand expectations regarding self-monitoring and self-isolation prior to rehearsals and the film shoot.

• Beyond travel, we ask all shp actors and crew to adhere to B.C. public health guidance in the 14 days prior to the start of in-person rehearsals on September 21 2020, and through the run of rehearsals and filming on September 28-30, 2020.

• Further, based on shp’s own risk tolerance, we ask actors and crew to consider limiting the size of their “social bubble” in the 14 days prior to the start of in-person rehearsals and throughout the film shoot– by that, as much as possible, we are asking that you make your work group your social bubble and limit social contacts (aside from immediate family members) for this finite period of time.


• shp requires that all cast and crew actively monitor themselves for signs of illness such as fever, chills, dry cough, runny nose, aches & pains, sore throat, headache difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, vomiting, fatigue – no matter how small. If any cast or crew member show any signs of sickness, they must refrain from exposing themselves to the cast/crew and production team until such time as symptoms conclude and/or they can confirm a negative COVID-19 test result. The final decision on whether or not a previously ill individual can return lies with the director.

• Should anyone associated with the production become ill during a rehearsal or performance, the following measures will be taken:

• The individual experiencing symptoms must immediately declare their illness to the stage manager, wash and sanitize their hands and take steps to self-isolate from cast and crew members, ideally by going home. If going home is not possible the individual must distance from other cast and crew. This individual will then be advised to get tested.

• shp will immediately engage in cleaning of all high touch surfaces.

• If the individual is confirmed to be COVID-19 positive, shp will suspend production and participate in Vancouver Coastal Health case and contract tracing.

Proximity of performers

• Physical distancing is only one of the recommended practices to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 and support the expansion of social activities across B.C. Advice from the Deputy Provincial Health Officer is that the two most important and impactful interventions are staying home when you are sick and washing your hands frequently.

If these can be adhered to strictly and without exception, the impact of and necessity of physical distancing becomes lesser. We will, however, strive to physically distance between crew and cast at all times. Any crew members who need to be in close proximity of the actors at any point (even for a brief period) will wear PPE.

• Crew, directors and stage manager will wear non-medical masks during rehearsals and the film shoot when distance can’t be maintained and engage in frequent hand washing.

• Actors and crew will be responsible to get to the venues (both located in central Vancouver) on their own. No transportation will be provided.

• Therefore, upon advice from the BC Centre for Disease Control, shp will require actors stay home when sick and diligently wash/cleanse their hands before and after engaging in physical contact, such as during choreography. This has been deemed an acceptable risk mitigation plan within the context of shp’s larger COVID-19 Safety Plan (which includes measures such as self-monitoring for symptoms in the 14 days prior to rehearsals starting).


• Anyone engaged in rehearsals and the film shoot will partake in frequent hand washing/sanitizing. This will include cleansing hands before, during and after rehearsals and film shoot, including but not limited to, when actors come in contact with one another during choreography and when donning and doffing props, such as purses and the set list.

This will also include cleansing hands before and after any break and/or before food or drink is consumed and after visiting a washroom. Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance, by where the food will be served and on the director’s table. There are washrooms with sinks at the venues as well.

• Both actors have assigned costumes for their own use only and will be responsible for cleaning them as need be.

• The actor playing Justine will have their hair done by the hairdresser of the actor’s choice before rehearsals begin. After that, hair and make-up will be the responsibility of each actor.

• The 2 actors will share a dressing room/washroom that will allow 3 metres distance between them. They will have adequate space for changing and doing hair and make-up. All make-up and hair supplies will be their own.

• Crew will use their own equipment and be responsible for that equipment during the shoot. If any equipment needs to be shared, it will be cleaned and disinfected before another crew members use.

• All surfaces will be cleaned between rehearsals.

• Breaks for cast and crew will be taken at the same time with the nine members remaining physically distant. Any food consumed on set will be plated by the director or assistant director (both have food safe) who will wear gloves and masks for the purpose of doing so. All food will be consumed in a designated area that will have been disinfected thoroughly. Most foods available will be individually packaged for each actor and crew member.


• Singing is integral to the production of Love Bomb. The advice of the BCCDC is that so long as actors are not singing “to” one another actor in intimate proximity – such as a romantic, face-to-face duet – and are instead facing and projecting to the camera directly, the risk of COVID-19 transmission is minimal.

• This advice about singing is grounded in three considerations:

1) Recent reports of COVID-19 outbreaks amongst choirs, most notably in the Southern US, occurred where contact tracing and community surveillance of COVID-19 were not in place. These communities had no reliable level of confidence about the prevalence of COVID-19 in their choir members prior to their participation in this group activity.

Further, the age and underlying health conditions of the choir members were significant factors, as was the physical arrangement of the singers (they were essentially positioned in a manner that had them essentially singing “onto” one another.)

2) There is only one singer involved in this production.

3) Currently, community transmission rates of COVID-19 in B.C. are still low and public health remains confident about the ability to swiftly identify cases and contact trace.

• Physical distance will be maintained by Cast and Crew members during all singing and yelling scenes. Cast and crew will be working far enough from the actor to prevent potential transmission of the virus via singing from the actor to the cast or crew during the film shoot. As well, camera crew will wear face shields while shooting.

If you have any questions concerning this plan or the project please contact Renee Iaci: