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Hollywood’s COVID protocol expanded with minor modifications – The Hollywood Reporter


After a lengthy round of negotiations, minor modifications were made to Hollywood’s COVID-19 protocols as the industry continued to evolve in its approach to the pandemic.

Nearly a month after the latest deal was temporarily extended to give unions and studios more time to talk, both sides have agreed to change the agreement to allow daily antigen testing for casts. Staff and crew work most closely with them during a time of increasing COVID cases, as opposed to ordering testing at least three times a week (one of which is a PCR test). Another modification is the level of COVID transmission required for the agreement’s strictest protocols to take effect: The threshold has been raised from 10 or more new COVID cases per 100,000 people for seven consecutive days to 14. more than 100,000 people hospitalized with COVID . The new deal also adds six more days to the workers’ sick leave COVID bank.

However, employers may choose to implement more stringent procedures for masking and testing products, and may continue to require vaccinations in the ministries’ “Zone A”, the statement said. father added. The latest version of the agreement will now run until January 31, 2023.

“The agreement maintains a multifaceted approach that has kept the industry safe since shortly after the outbreak of the pandemic. The extension maintains core protocols while allowing minor modifications that reflect improved conditions in most regions,” said American Organization of Directors, SAG-AFTRA, Hollywood Basic Crafts and IATSE for know in a joint statement.

COVID cases and hospitalizations have fallen by double-digit percentages over the past two weeks in California, according to LA time coronavirus tracker. However, health officials have warned that fall and winter could increase COVID cases, including new Omicron sub-variants, as well as a severe flu season.

Hollywood’s COVID protocols have now been in place in some form or form for about two years, as of September 2020, and are generally credited with getting the industry back up and running. The two-tier agreement implements stricter protocols when COVID transmission rates in a metropolitan area or county are high, with more relaxed protocols kicking in when those transmission rates drop. The agreement, which is reviewed by major unions and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) on behalf of employers every few months, is not substantially modified except to include using the vaccine since it was first done in the fall. of 2020.

However, not everyone is happy with the state of the deal. In September, SAG-AFTRA held a national board meeting focused on vaccine requirements for specific products, which a group of members opposed. “The Board of Directors concluded its meeting without taking any action to amend the applicable policy that supports the employer’s ability to perform such duties under the terms of the guarantee. protection included in the return to work agreement,” SAG-AFTRA said in a statement after the meeting ended.

And industry stakeholders are starting to look to the future of the deal. The IATSE recently reported to members that it had formed a committee to begin looking into how the deal could be “discarded” in the future.

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