Hollywood's New COVID-19 Protocols Take Into Account Vaccine
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Hollywood’s New COVID-19 Protocols Take Into Account Vaccines And Vaccinated Cast and Crew

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BY July 23, 2021

While COVID-19’s impact on movie theaters was painful, especially for two of the biggest chains (Cineworld and AMC Theaters, respectively), filming for movies and TV series has been chugging along, especially as demand for streaming material continues to climb. In September of 2020, Hollywood’s major studios and guilds came together to come up with safety procedures during the pandemic, which has been extended after the April 30 expiration date passed. Now Hollywood’s new COVID-19 protocols have been laid out and they include updates on vaccines as well as vaccinated cast and crew.

What’s Included In Hollywood’s New COVID-19 Protocols?

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The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) and Hollywood’s top guilds (SAG-AFTRA, IATSE, the DGA and the Teamsters) said that they’ve come to a tentative, short-term agreement for on-set COVID-19 protocols. Their joint statement included changes to the following:

Fully Vaccinated Cast And Crew

The major studios and guilds agreed to ease current protocols for fully vaccinated cast and crew. In their joint statement, they said, “The modifications center on workplace practices for fully vaccinated cast and crew, including changes to outdoor masking requirements and updated mealtime protocols.”

Vaccines Can Be Mandated

One of the biggest changes is that producers will now have the option to mandate vaccines for casts and crew in Zone A. These different “zones” pertain to the sets and correspond to the proximity that cast and crew have to each other; Zone A means that the crew works very closely with the actors and actresses, often without personal protective equipment.

On KCRW’s The Business podcast back in March, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos had been tentative about mandating vaccines, saying:

“We’re not going to take a position on whether we mandate or not. I think people are pretty enthusiastic about getting back to normal life, and so we’ll play it by ear and see how the adoption of the vaccines goes.”

Godzilla Singular Point Netflix anime movie. Image via Legendary Pictures.

Testing Frequency

Lastly, the new agreement also includes adjustments to testing frequency for certain areas in the United States and Canada, where “COVID-19 incidence is, and remains, very low.”

The updated agreement will remain in effect through Sept. 30, 2021. Until then, Hollywood’s major players will continue to watch any new developments and will note further modifications.

Do you think Hollywood’s new COVID-19 protocols are enough? Let us know in the comments below!

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Keilin Huang is a freelance writer that likes the Oxford comma, reading from her neverending pile of books from the library, and Reeses peanut butter cups. She thanks her Dad for introducing her to his Superman comics and probably majored in Journalism because of Lois Lane. Contact her at keilin@comicyears.com.


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