Academy announces stricter Covid protocols ahead of Oscars ceremony
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has cracked down on Covid protocols ahead of Sunday’s live ceremony on March 27, Indie Wire reports.
Citing an Academy press release the report says that those who have tested positive for Covid-19 and are within a zero to five-day window from the date of their first positive test are not permitted to attend “under any circumstances.” The news comes after a spike that followed the recent BAFTAs weekend (March 13) and rising cases in the UK overall. Oscar nominee and “Belfast” director Kenneth Branagh was among those who tested positive as of a THR report on March 19, as well as actor Ciaran Hinds. They were therefore not able to attend last weekend’s PGA Awards.
Those who are testing positive but are within a six- to 10-day window from the date of their first positive test must provide a negative PCR, Lucira, or Cue Health test, and it must be administered by a medically trained professional. If attendees are testing positive outside the 10-day window from March 17 at 1 p.m., they must provide a negative antigen test from a medical supervisor, taken on March 26 or March 27.