Hollywood has been pushing to open productions back up, and unlike the majority of industries, they have succeeded. Earlier this month, Tom Cruise was caught on tape berating crew members for standing within six feet of each other while wearing masks on the set of the latest “Mission: Impossible” installment.
However, Hollywood may get a taste of what us mere mortals are going through and be forced to shut down. “Following public criticism and pleas from local health officials, Hollywood will be largely shut down for the next few weeks” reports Mediaite. The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) labor union’s leaders Gabrielle Carteris and David White have alerted its members.
“Most entertainment productions will remain on hiatus until the second or third week of January if not later…this means that the number of our member performers working on sets right now is reduced,” Carteris and White wrote.
The state of California has deemed the entertainment industry a “critical infrastructure” giving it the ability to stay in operation despite lockdowns and mandates. Naturally, small businesses and other victims during the pandemic have expressed outrage at the not so much double standard, as it is a zero standard implemented by the government.
It wasn’t just those who were unfairly losing their livelihoods that complained. The labor union announced the shutdown just days after the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health asked the industry to “strongly consider pausing” production for the next couple of weeks due to the surge in coronavirus cases. Health officials sent “entertainment contacts an email on December 24 requesting that they temporarily stop operations” reports Mediaite.
Perhaps the industry will abide by SAG-AFTRA’s announcement, considering “Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) issued an emergency authority order earlier this month, asking residents to ‘cancel everything’ amid the recent spike, yet Hollywood has continued to film” reports Mediaite.