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Entertainment Guilds Call For Local Production Hold As COVID-19 Cases Surge And Hospitals Face Crisis




The SAG-AFTRA headquarters building on WIlshire boulevard in Los Angeles on January 10, 2020.
The SAG-AFTRA headquarters building on WIlshire boulevard in Los Angeles on January 10, 2020.
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Sunday evening, the film and television labor union SAG-AFTRA joined with the Joint Policy Committee (JPC) and the Producers Guild of America (PGA) to call for a halt to local production.

The guilds released the recommendation in response to surging COVID-19 cases in the Southern California region, putting hospitals in a capacity crisis. “Southern California hospitals are facing a crisis the likes of which we have never seen before,” said SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris in a press release. “Patients are dying in ambulances waiting for treatment because hospital emergency rooms are overwhelmed. This is not a safe environment for in-person production right now.” She cited not only the risk of workers contracting COVID-19 on set, but also that if a crew member were to be injured in a work-related accident, their access to good care could be jeopardized in an overwhelmed hospital. 

Today on AirTalk, we want to hear from you. If you work in entertainment, are productions going forward, or have they been put on hiatus? If you’re a union worker, what do you make of the call to halt production? And if you work in non-union entertainment, what are you seeing on set? Give us a call at 866-893-5722.

If you're on a production set that is not following COVID-19 protocols, you can report it anonymously here: 844-723-3773

Guest:

 David White, national executive director of SAG-AFTRA; he tweets @DavidWhiteNED