Unions and studios are still figuring out how to deal with COVID-19 variants and vaccines, as well as when all these safety measures might be lifted
After months of operating under detailed COVID-19 safety protocols, Hollywood is looking forward to the end of the pandemic. But the road to recovery in film and TV production looks to be far from imminent — and new issues have cropped up even as vaccinations are quickening and new infections declining.
Since September, film and TV productions have operated under protocols agreed upon by guilds, studios and health officials that were developed by guild committees and presented last summer as the “Safe Way Forward” initiative. With the exception of a month-long pause in L.A.-area production as new infections spiked in January, those protocols have allowed the industry to continue or resume work even as other businesses like retail stores and restaurants were shut down in California and other parts of the country.