SAG-AFTRA has closed its headquarters in Los Angeles amid the coronavirus outbreak. “The safety of our members and staff remains paramount,” its leaders told their members tonight.
“To minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19, effective immediately, access to the SAG-AFTRA national headquarters office in Los Angeles is suspended until further notice,” SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris and national executive director David White said, “All core services are fully functional and operations continue by telephone, email and digital communication.”
Hollywood’s guilds and unions have been limiting access to their offices, usually with only essential personnel allowed inside, and then only sporadically. But this is the first full closure, with more almost certain to come as the coronavirus shutdown continues unabated.
The union has created online resources with daily updates and information on member safety, emergency relief and links to state’s unemployment insurance websites. It also has a safety hotline, printed on the back of membership cards and member apps.