Hollywood’s Covid protocols will expire on May 12 and the vaccination mandate, which gave producers the right to require Covid vaccinations as a condition of employment, will end for all productions except those implemented before May 12. , who can continue requesting the rest of the production or season.
The Return to Work Agreement had expired on Saturday.
First enacted in September 2020 by an agreement between the AMPTP and Hollywood unions, the protocols allowed productions to recover after an industry-wide lockdown early in the pandemic. The protocols were originally scheduled to expire on April 30, 2021, but were extended nearly a dozen times, including in June 2021, when producers were given “the option to implement mandatory vaccination policies for cast and crew.” team in Zone A in a production”. -on the basis of production.” Zone A, where actors without masks work, is the most restrictive of the safe work areas on sets.
A statement issued today by the AMPTP says:
“The Return to Work Agreement, which expires on April 1, 2023, will now continue to be in effect until May 11, 2023. Effective May 12, 2023, the Return to Work Agreement will terminate.
“The date coincides with the US Department of Health and Human Services end of the federal COVID-19 Public Health Emergency declaration on May 11.
“All employees will have a total of five (5) days of temporary paid sick leave for COVID-19 per Producer, which may be used during the period beginning April 2, 2023 and ending December 31, 2023. 2023, to cover one or more Eligible. COVID-19 events
“Any production that has implemented a mandatory vaccination policy for employees in Zone A before May 12, 2023 may continue to apply that mandatory vaccination policy for the remainder of the production (or season, in the case of a series). ”.
Unions that signed the agreement to end the protocols include the DGA, SAG-AFTRA, IATSE, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Teamsters Local 399, IBEW Local 40, LiUNA! Local 724, OPCMIA Local 755 and UA Local 78.