New York, NY – Entertainment unions collaborated in the development of The Safe Way Forward. This multi-union report on Covid-19 safety guidelines is the document to be utilized as film and theaters open their doors. This critical document has been prepared with input from Directors Guild of America (DGA), International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), and Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA).
In a pre-vaccine world of entertainment these guidelines are now mandated in this huge industry. This serves as the necessary element of a return to work for the Unions and Guilds representing film and television casts and crews. Developed jointly by the Unions and Guilds in consultation with leading epidemiologists and experts, the Guidelines are a follow-up to the Industry White Paper recently delivered to the Governors of New York and California, and other state governments.
Employers must follow specific protocols including mandatory testing, personal protective equipment (PPE), and a Zone” system that include physical distancing. Clearly a mandatory testing program is the cornerstone of a safe return to production in a pre-vaccine landscape.