FSC joins LADPH in calling for a voluntary pause to adult film production due to COVID-19
The Free Speech Coalition (FSC), an adult industry advocacy organization, has joined FilmLA (a mainstream film industry organization) in calling for a voluntary production pause for all adult film productions in LA County. The move follows a request made by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH) in response to the current state of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the area. The communication from the LADPH indicated that “although music, TV and film productions are allowed to operate, we ask you to strongly consider pausing work for a few weeks during this catastrophic surge in COVID cases. Identify and delay higher risk activities, and focus on lower-risk work for now, if at all possible.” Additionally, the LADPH has instituted a mandatory 10-day quarantine period for those who have travelled outside of Los Angeles County, including those who travelled for work. The FSC is calling for a voluntary hold on productions, and while production is still legally allowed to continue, producers and performers need to seriously consider the risks of gathering to film, travelling for productions, and whether there are alternatives to filming in traditional porn productions at this time.
“While our industry has led the way in regards to safety protections and protocols, daily infections are now more than four times what they were during the summer peak, and area hospitals are overwhelmed. We all need to do what we can to limit the spread, both within our industry and the community at large.” – Michelle L. LeBlanc, FSC Executive Director
Find out more on the Free Speech Coalition website.