When Gavin Newsom put in place a whole host of new coronavirus restrictions in California, one very glaring omission to new shutdowns appeared: the entertainment industry.
Newsom put the entertainment industry on the list of essential businesses in the state, allowing film and television production companies to avoid another costly shutdown like the one that took place in in the spring.
The governor’s new shutdown impacts non-essential businesses that operate between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Film and television crews often work at night to do nighttime shootings or to do legwork before or after a shooting.
Tens of thousands of camera operators, sound engineers, electricians, carpenters, truck drivers, makeup artists, and caterers will not have to be out of work yet again because of Newsom’s exception, and will also not stop supporting other industries in the area like restaurants, hotels and other suppliers.
Newsom really shouldn’t be shutting any business down at this point, and it’s absolutely unfair to the businesses that are shut down for the entertainment industry to be excepted.
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