The Directors Guild of America (DGA), the International Theater Employees Alliance, the International Brotherhood of Truckers, the Basic Crafts Guilds, and the Screen Actors Guild-Federation American Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) announced on Monday the agreement reached with the Alliance of Film and Television Producers after months of planning and negotiations.
The agreement includes the mandatory use of personal protective equipment and COVID-19 testing for cast and crew members, as well as a supervisor dedicated exclusively to the coronavirus issue.
It requires the use of a “zone system” that strictly limits the interaction between people in the studios and on sets according to the demands of their work. Those who have to deal with more people will be tested for coronavirus more frequently and will have to wear protective gear and meet stricter distance requirements. Actors will be tested especially often because their work on camera doesn’t allow for many protective measures.
The agreement also grants 10 paid sick days for COVID-19, per employee, that can be used after a positive test or when quarantine is required. It says that employees using it should be reinstated as long as their jobs still exist.
“The protocols pave the way for creative workers, who have been hard hit by the pandemic, to resume their trades and livelihoods in redesigned workplaces around their health,” the unions said in a joint statement.
Some Hollywood film and television productions have already resumed after reaching small separate deals, but most of the larger and more elaborate ones have suffered constant delays as they wait for the pandemic to subside and for a deal like the one reached.