ART DIRECTORS GUILD RELEASES COVID-19 SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS

Guidelines including remote working and remote meetings where possible.

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Guidelines including remote working and remote meetings where possible.

The Art Directors Guild (IATSE Local 800) has published an 11-page document of recommended department safety protocols for returning to work amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Previously submitted to IATSE, these are department-specific additions to the interim guidelines proposed by the AMPTP, IATSE and other participants in the Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force, as well as the Safe Way Forward protocols.

In the new Local 800 document, the guild writes that “the judgment of department heads and their crews, in collaboration with unit production managers and assistant directors, will be considered when structural and logistic changes are made to accommodate the new working practices.” It further asserts that “limiting crew size and/or attempting to combine jobs leads to inefficient, unsafe work practices. Department heads and their crews, in collaboration with line producers, UPMs and ADs, remain in the best position to manage the staffing needs and scheduling of their departments to achieve the quality and efficiency necessary.”

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