Why Hollywood Production Crews Won’t be Taking Off their Masks Just Yet

Labor News, Industry News

Reprinted from Variety by Jazz Tangcay on May 14, 2021.

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can resume most typical pre-pandemic activities without wearing a face mask or social distancing, there was an important exception to the agency’s guidance.

The national guidelines state that people may go without masks “except where required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, including local business and workplace guidance.”

That workplace guidance for film and TV shoots means that wearing masks on sets will likely continue in the coming weeks and months, both in Los Angeles County and in other filming locations. After the pandemic started last year, the production industry worked relentlessly to set up guidelines that would keep cast and crews safe and keep cameras rolling. L.A. County’s guidelines include frequent Covid testing, social distancing and widespread mask-wearing. “All off-camera must wear face masks throughout the workday,” the guidelines state. …

Variety 5/14

About Jeffrey Burman 861 Articles
Jeff Burman served on the Guild’s Board of Directors from 1992 to 2019. He is now retired. He can be reached at jeffrey.s.burman.57@gmail.com.