SAG-AFTRA Says Most Shows Will Remain on Hiatus Until at Least Mid-January

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Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by David Robb on December 29, 2020.

SAG-AFTRA leaders told their members Tuesday night that “most entertainment productions will remain on hiatus until the second or third week of January, if not later.” The update comes the day after the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health urged the film and TV industry to consider pausing production for a few weeks during the ongoing surge in coronavirus cases throughout the county.

Here’s the latest update from SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris and national executive director David White:

“We are writing to let you know that we are closely monitoring the recent surge in Covid-19 infections along with the reported lack of intensive care unit beds throughout the state of California and particularly in Los Angeles County. This is deeply concerning to us all and we have taken immediate action to connect with our epidemiologists and public health experts regarding the surge in cities across the nation. …

Deadline Hollywood 12/29

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