Are COVID mandates coming back?
Lionsgate, a major movie studio, is bringing back COVID mask mandates for nearly half of their employees.
Amid rising Covid cases in Los Angeles, Lionsgate has brought back the mask mandate for nearly half of the company’s employees at its flagship office at 2700 Colorado Ave. in Santa Monica.
The policy change was announced internally by Sommer McElroy, Response Manager for Lionsgate/Starz, in an email, a copy of which was obtained by Deadline. Implemented in response to several employees recently testing positive for Covid, it involves a mandatory mask mandate effective immediately and until further notice for the 3rd and 5th floors of the five-story building, the email said.
“Employees must wear a medical grade face covering (surgical mask, KN95 or N95) when indoors except when alone in an office with the door closed, actively eating, actively drinking at their desk or workstation, or if they are the only individual present in a large open workspace,” McElroy said in the memo.
In another throwback to the early years of the pandemic, every Lionsgate employee is required to perform a daily self-screening prior to coming to the office each day and must notify McElroy and stay home if exhibiting any symptoms or have traveled internationally in the last 10 days. The latter would impact a number of a people, coming in the middle of summer vacation season.
The studio is expected to provide at-home-test-kits to all staff.
The studio is expected to provide at-home-test-kits to all staff in the Lionsgate Santa Monica office at request. Surgical mask and KN95s will be available at the front desk while N95s will be available upon request.
McElroy explained in the memo that the new mandates follow several employees testing positive for COVID-19 as cases have begun to rise.
Fox News contributor Dr. Nicole Saphier explained on “Outnumbered” that “the reason you have an uptick in cases right now is not because you did something wrong, it’s because for the last several years, we’ve seen an uptick in cases in the winter, and we also see one in the end of summer. This is just a normal cycle of this respiratory virus.”