Opinion from a Libertarian ViewPoint

Gov. Gavin Newsom Exempts Entertainment Industry Workers From New Coronavirus Restrictions | The Daily Wire

Posted by M. C. on November 22, 2020

The very distinction of “essential” suggests that there are some people who simply aren’t necessary, when everyone’s job is essential to them and their families.

Newsom’s new order comes as he is in the midst of a scandal involving his own pandemic habits. As The Daily Wire previously reported, Newsom attended a birthday dinner for one of his advisers earlier this month against his own regulations.

Keeping the moving van industry busy.

As Deadline reported:

On that list of exemptions, under “Industrial, Commercial, Residential, and Sheltering Facilities and Services,” there is essential worker designation 15 which reads, “Workers supporting the entertainment industries, studios, and other related establishments, provided they follow covid-19 public health guidance around physical distancing.”

The guidance does indicate this exemption only applies if remote work is not possible, but with film and TV production it is often not.

Film and TV production employees were not included on the essential workers list during the first California shutdown in March. Their addition to the list speaks to the success and strong protocols on set since then. The document was last updated September 22.

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