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SAG-AFTRA says most shows will be on hiatus until at least mid-January – Deadline

SAG-AFTRA leaders told their members tonight that “most entertainment productions will be on hiatus until the second or third week of January, if not later. The update comes the day after the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health urged the film and television industry to consider halting production for a few weeks amid the continued surge in coronavirus cases throughout. the count.

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Here is the latest update from SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris and National Executive Director David White:

“We are writing to let you know that we are closely monitoring the recent surge in Covid-19 infections as well as the reported shortage of intensive care unit beds throughout the state of California and particularly in Los Angeles County. . This is of deep concern to all of us and we have taken immediate steps to get in touch with our epidemiologists and public health experts regarding the outbreak in cities across the country.

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“Most entertainment productions will be on hiatus until the second or third week of January, if not later. This means that the number of our member artists currently working on sets is reduced. Our security protocols ensure proper precautions for the holiday break period, including additional time for testing before production resumes.

“To ensure the utmost safety, we are in close contact with our sister unions and guilds, industry, expert epidemiologists, industrial sanitation specialists, public health officials, member leaders and staff. We remain focused on ensuring the safest working environment and protocols possible for SAG-AFTRA members.

“We will continue to monitor this situation and its impact on production and employment in all contractual areas and take appropriate action as necessary to ensure the continued safety of our members and others.”

“In the meantime, we urge you all to remain vigilant and adhere to the principles of safety to protect yourself, your families, your communities and your colleagues. Always wear your masks, maintain a safe physical distance, wash your hands frequently and well, and follow public health recommendations to prevent the spread of infectious disease. “

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