Thursday, October 21, 2021

Los Angeles County defends Emmys, says mask exceptions are fine for ‘television productions’

Los Angeles County responded to criticism that the Emmy Awards, which included mostly masked celebrities, did not follow proper COVID-19 protocols and did not comply with the county’s mask mandate.

This is a “television production,” Emmy said, which exempts the event from county rules around masks.

“The Emmy Awards show is a television production, and the individuals appearing on the show are considered the actors,” the statement read. “All persons attending the Emmy Awards show or in the audience were fully vaccinated against COVID-19.”

County officials said the organizers of the Awards Banquet for Television had “reached out to public health in advance to share their safety protocols that exceeded baseline requirements for television and film production”, adding that That “careful planning is essential before large events to assure that all health and safety needs are adequately addressed.”

Los Angeles County reimposed its mask mandate this summer, claiming it was to prevent the spread of the delta COVID-19 variant. And earlier this month, the county announced it would enforce a vaccine passport mandate at several indoor events.

The Los Angeles County Public Health website (PDF) currently stipulates that “everyone, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask.” “All indoor public settings, places, gatherings, and public and private businesses in Los Angeles County” In.” The website makes no mention of film and television productions.

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Scenes from the Emmys, which were held inside a large tent, featured actors, musicians, athletes and other celebrities without masks, while Emmys staff members and journalists were required to wear them. The incident drew significant criticism on Twitter, with some complaining that celebrities were setting double standards.

Actor Seth Rogen, presenting the show, offered negative feedback. “I start by saying that there are too many of us in this small room! What are we doing?” Rogen said. “They said it was out! This! They lied to us.”

Emmys host Cedric the Entertainer said later during the show that attendees had to be vaccinated in order to participate.

A similar scenario unfolded earlier this month during the Met Gala in New York City, where fashion designers, models and some elected officials appeared without masks, while staff and media members had to wear them.

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Jack Phillips

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Jack Phillips is a reporter at The Epoch Times in New York City.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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