The Oscars will Require Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Those Attending
LOS ANGELES – This year’s Academy Awards will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for most of those attending the event at the Dolby Theater.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Thursday that all nominees and invited guests must show proof of vaccination and test negative at least twice via PCR testing. Those performing and presenting at the awards ceremony, on the other hand, will not need to show proof of vaccination, but they will be tested rigorously prior to the event.
According to sources, the decision to not require proof of vaccination for presenters and performers falls under the COVID-19 return-to-work agreement between the unions and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. The agreement gives production companies the option to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for Zone A or the production’s cast and the crew working closest with the actors, but it is not considered a requirement.
This 2022 Oscars ceremony has invited 2,500 nominees and guests to the 3,300-seat Dolby Theater. According to the New York Times, guests and nominees seated in the orchestra and parterre sections of the theater will not be required to wear face masks. However, those seated in the mezzanine area may be required to wear masks.