The Los Angeles County Division of Public Well being has spoken: the 2021 Emmys did not technically violate COVID-19 protocols. Even if face masks and social distancing had been nonexistent as upward of 500 celebrities packed into an enclosed tent at L.A. Reside, the award present was exempt from adhering to native mandates. Seemingly responding to Seth Rogen’s critiques of the gathering, LA well being officers launched a press release defending the ceremony’s lack of sure laws.
“LA County’s Well being Officer order requires everybody to put on a masks indoors, whether or not vaccinated or unvaccinated,” the assertion learn. “Nonetheless, exceptions are made for movie, tv, and music productions, as further security modifications are made for these managed interactions.” For the Emmys, these “further security modifications” included making certain that each one attendees had been absolutely vaccinated towards COVID-19 and confirmed proof of a adverse PCR check 48 hours earlier than the present, which had apparently “exceeded the baseline necessities for tv and movie productions.”
The assertion continued: “Cautious planning earlier than giant occasions is crucial to guarantee that each one well being and security necessities are adequately addressed . . . Public Well being will proceed to evaluate the protocols of future giant tv manufacturing occasions and prescribe further security modifications to mitigate danger of COVID-19 transmission.”
In the course of the present on Sunday night, Rogen expressed his considerations about presenting on stage in what he known as a “hermetically sealed tent.” “Let me begin by saying there’s manner too many people on this little room,” the actor mentioned. “What are we doing? They mentioned this was outside. It is not. They lied to us . . . I’d not have come to this.” Though a Tv Academy consultant mentioned company can be anticipated to put on masks when not on digicam throughout the present, it was fairly evident this free rule was not adopted. Hopefully future award present organizers take notes and maintain celebrities to the identical normal as most of the people because the Delta variant continues to unfold.