The health department pointed out that due to the nature of the event, the overcrowded venue was not violating any of the suggested safety guidelines
The Los Angeles Department of Health says the 2021 Emmy Awards did not violate coronavirus safety protocols, despite online backlash and presenter Seth Rogen.
Sunday night’s broadcast made a splash online as the packed ceremony seemed to toss safety precautions for the air. Very few – if any – were wearing masks and there was no social distancing between groups of people.
When he presented an award that night, Rogen likened the incident to a “tightly sealed tin”. Host Cedric the Entertainer later explained, however, that all attendees were vaccinated.
In a statement to Granthshala News, the Department of Health explained that due to the nature of the incident, the overcrowded site did not violate any suggested safety guidelines.
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The department said that despite masks being mandatory in Los Angeles County – for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people – “exceptions have been made for film, television and music productions, as additional safety modifications have been made for these controlled interactions.” “
“The Emmy Awards show is a television production, and individuals appearing on the show are considered actors,” read the statement. “All persons attending the Emmy Awards show or in the audience were fully vaccinated against COVID-19.”
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Additionally, the department was told that all the attendees tested negative for COVID-19 within 48 hours of the event. Similarly, production workers were required to be vaccinated or tested negative for the virus twice per week.
The organization continued, “The Emmys reached out to Public Health in Advance to share their safety protocols that exceeded the baseline requirements for television and film production.” “Careful planning before large events is essential to ensure that all health and safety needs are adequately addressed.”
Additionally, a satellite site in England hosted some international stars, including those associated with Netflix’s “The Crown”. Olivia Colman and Gillian Anderson both accepted their acting awards from the venue.
“Full vaccination of all attendees is one of the most powerful ways to achieve a safe environment. Testing program participants and crew and optimizing ventilation are additional powerful tools,” the Department of Health said. “Public Health will continue to review the protocols for future large television production programs and determine additional safety modifications to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.”
The Television Academy did not respond to a previous request from Granthshala News for comment on the matter.