In-person attendees are not required to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccinations

Oscars 2022 Ceremony Doesn't Require Covid Vaccinations
Oscars 2022 ceremony does not require Covid vaccinations (Photo Credit – IANS)

This year’s Oscars ceremony does not require in-person attendees to provide proof of Covid vaccination.

After a 2021 ceremony that reduced the Academy Awards to a smaller gathering at Los Angeles’ Union Station, the Oscars will return to their traditional setting at the Dolby Theater on Hollywood Boulevard for the upcoming ceremony on March 27.

It is not yet known whether the number of viewers will decrease this year.

Last year’s ceremony included a strict Covid testing and mask policy for in-person attendees, in line with health and safety protocols. In the following year, vaccines against the virus have become widely available to the general public.

Guidelines encouraging proof of vaccination have become commonplace for large-scale events, especially in Los Angeles.

While the Academy will introduce attendees to get vaccinated, the 2022 Oscar ceremony will also require attendees to be tested before participating, with unvaccinated guests having additional and stricter testing requirements.

Under this rule, the Academy technically complies with Los Angeles County’s “indoor mega-events” policy, which requires full vaccination status or day-of-negative COVID-19 testing for all participants ages 2 and older.

It should be noted, however, that for other awards ceremonies this season, such as the Screen Actors Guild and Critics Choice Association, attendees will still be required to provide proof of vaccination before their ceremonies.

LA County is still some time away from lifting its indoor mask mandate.

On Tuesday, Barbara Ferrer, director of public health, indicated that, barring extremely low cases, the first time mask requirements are likely to be rolled back will be in late April, well after the Academy Awards release date in March.

The Academy has yet to release an official Covid policy for the upcoming ceremony.

Reports indicate that the Academy has chosen to take a less strict stance on vaccination status, as a no-entry policy could have prevented some unvaccinated nominees or presenters from attending the ceremony.

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