Lionsgate is the latest Hollywood studio to press pause on reopening its offices as the U.S. experiences a rise in the Covid Delta variant.
We’re hearing that the company is pushing its return-to-work date for employees at its Santa Monica HQ from a previously announced September 7 date to October 4. All employees returning to the office will be required to be fully vaccinated. That policy applies to full-time, part-time and temporary employees as well as independent contractors and visitors, we’re hearing.
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The news comes as several Hollywood companies spanning studios, agencies, management and PR firms and law offices hit the brakes on plans to a full return to offices. Most like Lionsgate have scrapped September dates and are hoping to reassemble their troops sometime the following month, while they’re also having to make a call on vaccination requirements. On Wednesday, Netflix confirmed it is now requiring Covid-19 vaccines of its staffers and those visiting its offices.
Lionsgate’s shift comes as Los Angeles County last night said all its employees will be required to be vaccinated against Covid-19 by October 1 under an executive order issued by Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis. That order came on a day the county announced another 3,734 cases — the largest single-day number since the beginning of February.
After a spring and early summer saw Covid cases plummet in California, leading to a full reopening in June, the more contagious Delta variant has been spreading via mostly the unvaccinated. After weeks of big jumps in cases, Covid- related hospitalizations in the state were up 97% in the past 10 days.
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