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Oscars to Require Proof of COVID Vaccination for Audience, but Not Presenters

An Oscar statue is pictured during the Oscars Foreign Language Film Award Directors Reception in advance of the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California February 26, 2016. The Oscars will be presented February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri - GF10000325443

This year’s Academy Awards ceremony will mark the return of the show taking place at the Dolby Theater, after last year’s edition was more scaled back due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, audience members and nominees who are planning to attend the ceremony must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination…but not for its presenters and performers.

In addition to a vaccine mandate, all nominees and guests must be tested negative for COVID-19 twice via a PCR test. Presenters and performers will be tested regularly in anticipation of the ceremony, instead of showing proof of vaccination. A couple of weeks ago, the Academy announced that proof of vaccination was not going to be required for anyone, but they seemed to have revised their position on the matter, as the Omicron variant has become the dominant strain worldwide.

According to Variety, the reason why presenters and performers are exempted from showing proof of vaccine “falls under the COVID-19 return-to-work agreement between the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and unions. The agreement gives production companies the option to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for Zone A — the production’s cast and the crew working closest with the actors — but it is not a requirement.”

Masks will not be mandatory for anyone sitting in the “parterre” section of the Dolby Theater, but those who are sitting in the mezzanine section will have to wear face masks during the entirety of the presentation. 2,500 attendees will be able to participate in this year’s ceremony, even though the Dolby Theater seats a maximum of 3,300 people.

The 94th edition of the Academy Awards will be taking place on March 27th on ABC. Wanda Sykes, Regina Hall, and Amy Schumer will be hosting.

Source: Variety

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Written by Maxance Vincent

Maxance Vincent is a freelance film and TV critic, and a recent graduate of a BFA in Film Studies at the Université de Montréal. He is currently finishing a specialization in Video Game Studies, focusing on the psychological effects regarding the critical discourse on violent video games.

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