This award season, the guilds in Hollywood are playing it safe. The SAG Awards, the DGA Awards, the Producers Guild Awards, the Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards, the Art Directors Guild Awards, and the Cinematographers Guild’s Publicists Awards Luncheon will all demand proof of immunizations. It’s only right, given that Hollywood’s labor unions were among the first in the country to enable employers to mandate vaccinations as a condition of employment, allowing for a safe return to work during the Covid pandemic’s two-year duration.
The WGA is taking the safest approach of all, holding its awards online on March 20. Like the Academy Awards, the Costume Designers Guild has yet to reveal its in-person procedures.
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The following is the current status of the guilds’ in-person shows, while the situation is fluid and subject to change as circumstances require.
Attendees at the Directors Guild of America’s awards ceremony on March 12 at the Beverly Hilton must be “completely vaccinated and tested,” according to Deadline. The DGA Awards take place later in the season than many of the other award events, and the DGA notes that as the event approaches, more comprehensive procedures will be released.
SAG-AFTRA said it “endeavors to make this event as secure as possible” for the 28th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will be hosted on February 27 at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. Our first focus is the health and safety of our nominees, visitors, employees, and crew. We’re working closely with Covid specialists to provide a safe ceremony, and we’re following the Covid-19 procedures set out by the local government and guilds. Limiting capacity, social distance, and careful adherence to the Covid-19 safety standards outlined below are all examples of this. In addition, the post-Awards Gala will no longer be held after the ceremony because of an excess of caution.
“We will continue to monitor the Omicron variant’s developing condition and alter our strategies and health measures as needed.” This policy may be modified as a result of recommendations from health and safety professionals, as well as changes in state or municipal safety laws. While we are taking all reasonable measures for a live broadcast awards ceremony, attendance at this event is not completely risk-free. We recommend that you should not attend the event if you are not comfortable with this low risk.”
The broadcast event, according to SAG-AFTRA, “shall be subject to public health authorities’ rules and recommendations, as well as any venue and/or Covid-19 production constraints.” Any participants must agree to follow all Covid-19-related limitations, including credentialed media and publicists, ticketed guests, talent, production crew, and staff.”
“All ticketed participants will be asked to present evidence of vaccination + booster injection (if eligible), proof of negative lab-based Covid-19 PCR test within 48 hours of the event, and negative antigen (quick) test the day of the event,” according to SAG-website. AFTRA’s
Except for the following, all in-person spectators will be forced to wear KN95 or KF94 masks for the duration of the show:
“Nominees, presenters, and any other persons participating in Red Carpet / Media Center press opportunities are permitted to remove masks for anything on camera, still or video.” Following the conclusion of the press opportunity, masks must be reapplied.
• Media: On-camera talent may remove their mask while on camera, but must put it back on between segments.
• Showroom: When on camera during the live broadcast of the SAG Awards, ticketed guests may remove masks. During commercial breaks, masks must be replaced.
• Eating and drinking: Masks may be removed when actively eating and/or drinking. When guests leave their table, they must wear masks.
“Any guest who is not feeling well is experiencing Covid-19 symptoms, or has had a Covid-19 exposure within five days previous to the event MUST remain home,” SAG-AFTRA adds.
• In order to protect oneself against the spread of COVID-19, all in-person participants must wear masks at all times.
• Sanitize and/or wash your hands as often as feasible. In all parts of the SAG Awards campus, hand sanitizer dispensers will be accessible.
· When sneezing or coughing, cover your mouth.
• Maintain as much social distance as possible from other participants.
For members of the press, the union further stated:
• There should always be a social barrier between the production team and the talent.
• On-camera talent may remove their mask while on-camera, but must put it back on between parts. Additionally, when face masks are not used, please keep interviews to a minimum.
• All media must maintain a social distance from the subject of the interview.
• Before and after each usage, high-touch surfaces, such as portable microphones, should be cleaned and disinfected.
• If at all feasible, offer each talent with their own microphone while being interviewed.
The Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild, whose ninth annual awards will be presented at the Beverly Hilton on February 19, informs Deadline that it has taken “exceptional precautions to assure the health and safety of all visitors.” VOW, a major U.S. government-contracted provider for health and safety measures at public events, has collaborated with us. To guarantee that everyone can relax and enjoy the in-person experience of this significant festival, the following will be enforced:
• All visitors must download the VOW app, which will check for Covid compliance at the entry.
• You’ll need proof of both vaccines (either physical vaccination card or via local government agency vaccination app).
• A doctor’s statement saying that you have taken Covid within the past 90 days (and have been symptom-free for at least 10 days) or a negative PCR test result within 72 hours or a negative Antigen test within 24 hours will be needed.
• KN95 masks will be given out to all visitors and attendees. When not eating or on the red carpet, everyone will be compelled to wear these masks (i.e. no custom or cloth masks will be allowed)
• We’re taking it a step further by mandating all hotel service and event production workers, as well as any accompanying industry public relations and media, to follow the same testing methods.
The 27th ADG Awards will be held on March 5 at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown by the Art Directors Guild, IATSE Local 800. The guild states that “guests must produce documentation of complete immunization and a negative Covid-19 test result.” “If utilizing a PCR test, the negative result must be within 72 hours of the event, and if using an Antigen test, the negative result must be within 24 hours of the event to protect the health and safety of all attendees.” Guests aged 18 and above must additionally provide a picture ID with a name that matches. At the main door, these goods will be examined.
“The following will be enforced to guarantee everyone may relax and enjoy this in-person experience,” according to the ADG:
• A certificate proving that you’ve been fully vaccinated.
• A photo ID with a name that matches.
• A negative PCR test result within 72 hours or a negative Antigen test result within 24 hours, or a doctor’s certificate saying that you received Covid during the last 90 days.
• All participants and visitors will be required to wear masks. When not eating or drinking, everyone will be compelled to wear these masks (KN95 masks preferred, no custom or cloth masks will be allowed).
• There will be a limited number of tickets available for the official Red Carpet. There will be a supplementary step and simple access to repeat.
• All hotel employees have been thoroughly immunized.
• The cast and crew, as well as the whole backstage area Clean Slate Crew, a Covid compliance team, will test ADG employees.
The Publicists Awards Luncheon, hosted by the International Cinematographers Guild, IATSE Local 600, will take place at the Beverly Hilton on March 25. “We will continue to carefully monitor and follow the CDC and state of California Covid safety guidelines,” the guild told Deadline, “with intentions to review the situation on March 1.” “Attendees must present evidence of vaccination at the door to access the Publicists Awards ceremony to guarantee the safety of our members and visitors.”
The Producers Guild will celebrate its 33rd annual Producers Guild Awards on March 19 at the Fairmont Century Plaza, which is not a union but a nonprofit trade association. It was supposed to happen on Feb. 26 but was postponed “due to the circumstances surrounding the Covid-19 Omicron version.” “We’re working together with government authorities and health experts to put in place rigorous Covid-19 safety standards to assist safeguard the health and safety of all workers and guests,” the PGA states. At this time, documentation of Covid-19 immunization and booster, if eligible, as well as a recent negative Covid-19 test, will be needed for attendance.”