SAG-AFTRA leaders said Friday they’re “currently making preparations for various scenarios” to deal with the spread of the coronavirus. “As this is a dynamic and evolving situation, SAG-AFTRA will continue to closely monitor COVID-19 events and will update members as necessary,” president Gabrielle Carteris and national executive director David White said in a message to their members. “If the situation warrants, depending on location, member events and educational opportunities may need to be rescheduled.”
“Your safety is paramount,” they said on the union’s website. “Whether it’s assuring that a set, studio or broadcast station is supplying members with ample soap and alcohol-based hand sanitizers, or working with productions which need to temporarily halt shooting due to concerns about exposure to the virus, your union has your back in advocating for a safe and healthy work environment.
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“For actors on set or in a studio, treat COVID-19 concerns like other serious safety concerns and report issues or questions to production or the set medic immediately. For broadcasters, please contact your shop steward or union broadcast staff. If you have continuing concerns or are unable to get all of your questions answered, please contact the union at our safety hotline, (844) SAFER SET / (844) 723-3773.
“As a safety precaution, if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, or if you have a fever or experience breathing problems – or if a member of your household is unwell – we strongly encourage you not to attend SAG-AFTRA face-to-face meetings or come to the office until you recover fully. We appreciate your understanding in these circumstances.”
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