November 20, 2020

Are Film and TV Crews Essential Workers?

We’re entering another wave of the coronavirus, and businesses are closing… but not Hollywood.

Things are lining up to be one of the worst winters in recent history, as coronavirus outbreaks across America and the world have really gotten intense. In California, we are facing another shutdown. Businesses are shuttering, and while the government is flailing for solutions, many of us are trying to figure out how we can pay our bills.

California’s governor, Gavin Newsom, just issued a shelter-in-place order that covered “generally that non-essential work, movement and gatherings stop between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. in counties in the purple tier.” That means every county in Southern California and 94% of the state’s population.

There was one notable exception… a list of exemptions, under “Industrial, Commercial, Residential, and Sheltering Facilities and Services,” which gives the designation 15. This reads, “Workers supporting the entertainment industries, studios, and other related establishments, provided they follow covid-19 public health guidance around physical distancing.”

So, film and TV crews are now essential.

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Source: NoFilmSchool