Netflix requires the cast and crew of its US productions to be vaccinated against COVID-19, a measure that comes as the Delta variant continues to spread across the country.
Deadline reported first that the streaming giant recently advised its production teams that casts and crew working on US productions in “Zone A” should be vaccinated. Deadline described this classification as both cast members and those in close contact with them. According to the report, Netflix plans to make some exceptions to the new vaccination policy, with exclusions such as age, medical and religious reasons.
Netflix confirmed the measure to The edge but declined to comment further.
Similar measures have been taken by companies, including Facebook and Google, for employees returning to their offices, and President Joe Biden is expect to announce on Thursday that federal workers must be vaccinated or agree to regular testing. Apple, meanwhile, is reportedly planning to delay a mandatory return to work policy. The company will also require masks in Apple stores for both customers and employees, regardless of their vaccination status.
This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines for some people who have been vaccinated, including urging the wearing of masks in indoor public settings in regions with high COVID-19 rates. An increase in the number of cases led to the recommendation, reversing previous guidelines from May as the highly transmissible Delta variant continues to spread.
Netflix is the first major studio to announce a mandatory vaccination policy for its US productions.