Vaccine Mandates Now Allowed on Hollywood Sets

July 20, 2021

By: Kana Ruhalter

Photo: Mika Baumeister

Hollywood’s top guilds and studios came to a short-term agreement that production can require vaccine mandates on set, thereby easing COVID-19 protocols per CDC guidelines, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) and industry guilds such as SAG-AFTRA, IATSE, and the DGA announced new options for protocols for casts and crews, allowing them to work together closely without PPE. 

“The modifications center on workplace practices for fully vaccinated cast and crew, including changes to outdoor masking requirements and updated mealtime protocols,” said the industry giants in a joint statement. “Producers will also have the option to implement mandatory vaccination policies for casts and crew in Zone A on a production-by-production basis.”

The different “zones” are about new rules set regarding proximity between actors, cast and crew. 

The statement came after months of negotiation between the studios and guilds and included an extension after the scheduled deadline of April 30 was not met. As vaccines continue to roll out, the agreement will remain in effect through September 30, 2021. 

Additionally, the new protocols emphasize that studios and guilds must continue to test for the virus regularly and make adjustments as needed.