Hollywood’s Covid Production Protocols Extended Through January 2023 – Deadline

Hollywood’s Covid protocols have been extended through January 31, 2023, per an agreement between the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers and Hollywood unions. The vaccination mandate, which gives employers the limited ability to require Covid vaccinations as a condition of employment, will remain in place. This is the tenth time that return-to-work protocols have been extended or modified.

First adopted on September 21, 2020, the protocols allowed jobs and productions to rebound from an industry-wide lockdown at the start of the pandemic.

The latest expansion gives producers the option of less stringent Covid testing of cast and crew before each workday, and a higher threshold that would trigger increased masking requirements and more frequent testing if Covid hospitalizations increase. It also includes an additional six days of paid Covid sick leave for industrial workers who contract the virus.

In a joint statement, the CEO, SAG AFTRA, IATSEthe Teamsters and grassroots crafts unions said “the deal maintains the multi-faceted approach that has kept the industry operating safely since soon after the pandemic began. The extension maintains core protocols while allowing for minor changes reflecting improved conditions in most areas. In addition, the agreement again grants a bank of six additional sick days reflecting the shorter duration of this extension.

“The new agreement requires that the strictest protocols be implemented on productions performing in any metropolitan area or county with 14 or more Covid-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 population. This is a reasonable and appropriate modification to the trigger given the current environment.

“The agreement also gives productions the option of a daily antigen testing regimen for Zone A during a surge in which production reverts to the stricter mandatory Part 1 protocols. Importantly, employers retain the right to adopt more stringent masking and testing requirements on a production-by-production basis and to require Zone A employees to be “up-to-date” on their vaccinations. Area A, where unmasked actors work, is the most restrictive of the secure working areas on the sets.

The unions went on to say that “Apart from these amendments, all other provisions remain in full force and effect. In any case, the full set of stricter protocols will be reintroduced should Covid-19 flare up over the winter. The parties will continue to monitor Covid-19 developments closely. »

Basic trades unions include Teamsters Local 399, IBEW Local 40, LiUNA! Local 724, OPCMIA Local 755 and UA Local 78.

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