New COVID Surge Slows Hollywood’s Plans to Ramp Up Productions and Live Events

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The rise of new coronavirus cases has led to more than just the tumbling Dow. Three major film and TV productions have paused shoots in the last week, while many live in-person events have been postponed or canceled — renewing worries in Hollywood that the industry’s recent progress may face new setbacks. Certainly it means that safety protocols will not be diminished anytime soon, producers and other industry insiders told TheWrap. “With COVID rates increasing again and a growing number of vaccinated people experiencing breakthrough cases, and even hospitalizations, I think vigilance will increase and folks will clamp down once again to ensure a safe set,” director-producer Matt Leslie told TheWrap. “Producers are not taking this lightly.” The spike in COVID cases and hospitalizations may well have been a factor in an agreement on Monday night to extend existing safety protocols and allow producers to require vaccinations on film and TV sets. “Producers will also have the option to implement mandatory vaccination policies for casts and crew in Zone A on a production-by-production basis,” according to a joint statement by Hollywood’s guilds and the producer’s AMPTP association. The guidelines, approved by SAG-AFTRA’s national board, require productions that mandate vaccines to...

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