After in the beginning grinding to a stop u early days of the covid-19 pandemic, U.S. the film industry gradually began to return last year, although new protocols were introduced that were designed to make production kits – places where people are asked to communicate closely with each other in cramped spaces – as safe as possible.
Since the current end of the pandemic is not in sight, standardized procedures such as regular on-site testing, strict mandatory social distancing, and mask-wearing was agreed upon by the Federation of Film and Television Producers, the Federation of Film Actors, the Federation of American Directors, and International Association of Theater Stage Employees as necessary steps for to prevent spread of the virus on film sets. Initially, the new protocols were supposed to expire at the end of April, but they did extended as the pandemic continued. Although the film sets have adapted to this new normality to varying degrees, because the pandemic is not over yet, Hollywood has agreed to continue playing safe until next January.
Rock reports that the current protocols will now be extended until January 15, when the teams of the respective unions are likely to meet again to reassess the situation. The latest extension comes at a time when some film studios have announced plans to start requiring all employees on film sets, who are jobs, to adherence to safety precautions. It is not clear exactly how much restraint across Hollywood there is still the issue of joining the program in terms of a serious understanding of covid-19, but there is no doubt that the studies themselves are still taking this quite seriously.
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