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It really looks like Hollywood might be shutting down productions due to COVID-19 spikes

Hollywood productions might be going on hiatus as COVID-19 cases continue to spike in California.

A woman waits at a bus stop in the rain Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Rain, hail and snow fell Monday as Southern California saw its first significant storm of the season.
A woman waits at a bus stop in the rain Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Rain, hail and snow fell Monday as Southern California saw its first significant storm of the season.
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Most productions in Hollywood will likely be on hiatus until the middle of January as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge in California, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

What’s going on?

SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris and national executive director David White — the leaders of a Hollywood labor union — said that COVID-19 filming protocols might change with the rise of COVID-19 cases.

“We are writing to let you know that we are closely monitoring the recent surge in COVID-19 infections along with the reported lack of intensive care unit (ICU) beds throughout the state of California and particularly in Los Angeles County,” the note read.

The two executives said there’s a need to take immediate action to limit production.

“Most entertainment productions will remain on hiatus until the second or third week of January if not later,” the message outlined. “This means that the number of our member performers working on sets right now is reduced. Our safety protocols ensure appropriate precautions for the holiday hiatus period including additional time for testing prior to the resumption of production.”

CBS Studios said it would delay the filming of “NCIS” and other shows as COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles surge.

Experts ask Hollywood to close down for now

Los Angeles County health officials asked for the film and television industry to pause production because of the rise of coronavirus cases, according to CBS Los Angeles.

  • FilmLA, the nonprofit group that serves as the official film office for both Los Angeles and the county, said health officials reached out to them about production.