When Rachel Wan returned to work on Tuesday on the long-running Channel 5 soap opera Kin at Infinite Studios, it was like any other day — except she had to constantly remind herself to wear a face mask.

Between scenes, Rachel who plays Ah Lian-turned-power exec Ah Yoke and the other actors were given a special mask to wear so that their make-up and hair wouldn't be messed up. “It’s just extra work to remember to put them on and take them off because we were so used to [doing things] without the mask,” Rachel tells 8days.sg

She also had to make alternate plans during breaks. “I missed having lunch with the cast and crew together,” she says. "Now we have to segregate.”

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Few and far between: Safely-distanced actors rehearsing a scene on the set of 'Kin' at Infinite Studios on June 2, 2020. 

Welcome to the new normal.

When the film and TV industry resumed on June 2 after the circuit breaker ended, they, like everybody else, had to do it under a stringent set of rules to manage COVID-19-related risks in the Phase 1 of the government’s reopening strategy.

For the media content producers in Singapore, they have to abide by the ‘Mandatory Safety Rules for the Resumption of Content Production’. Released by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) last Friday (May 29), the rules were put together by IMDA and Singapore Film Commission in consultation with various industry players.

The report contains dozens of protocols, most of them are the same post CB-workplace etiquettes laid out by the Ministry of Manpower — using SafeEntry systems to oversee personnel movement; engaging a health officer to monitor and enforce safety measures; no get-togethers at or outside workplace; the availability of face-masks and sanitisers; the stepping up daily cleaning and disinfecting routines; and telecommuting.