Hollywood Covid-19 protocols extended until new agreement can be reached 2022-04-29 23:05:00


Hollywood unions have agreed to extend the film and television industry’s current Covid-19 safety protocols until a new agreement can be reached with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. The protocols were due to expire on Saturday. The extension has already been agreed upon DGAsaj aftra, IATSEThe Truck drivers and basic character.

In a joint statement, the unions said that “negotiations will continue next week regarding amendments to a new Covid-19 safety agreement as we have not yet reached an agreement with AMPTP. The protocols in the current agreement, which was previously scheduled to expire tomorrow, April 30, will remain in effect until a new agreement is reached.”

The protocols, established in September 2020, have enabled the recovery of jobs and production during the pandemic. It was originally scheduled to expire on April 30, 2021, but it was extended without any major modifications and contained all provisions of the original agreement, including stringently enforced testing regimes, physical distancing, Covid compliance officers, diligent use of personal protective equipment and a system A “zone” to ensure different production departments are tightly controlled based on proximity to the cast, who often cannot wear masks or maintain social distancing while working.

After vaccines became widely available, protocols were modified last July to give producers “the option to implement mandatory mold and crew vaccination policies in Zone A on a production-by-production basis.” Area A, where unmasked actors operate, is the most restricted group safe working area.

The protocols are set to expire again on October 31, and the protocols have been extended through January 15 with all the same authorizations for testing, concealment, quarantine and vaccinations “in accordance with current CDC guidelines.” It was extended again last month until February 13 and then again until April 30.