The Television Academy has announced that those who plan to attend next month’s Primetime Emmys and Creative Arts Emmy will be required to show a negative Covid test as well as proof of vaccination.
This year’s affair is limited to nominees and one guest with the rise of the Delta variant still prevalent in the US. The events will be held in an air-conditioned tent at a venue that sits directly behind the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles.
According to the guidelines for the testing requirements issued per the academy, those who plan to attend one of the events will need a negative Covid test within the following timeframes:
For attendees of the Saturday, September 11, Creative Arts ceremony: on or after Thursday, September 9.
For attendees of the Sunday, September 12, Creative Arts ceremonies: on or after Friday, September 10.
For attendees to the Sunday, September 19, CBS telecast: on or after Friday, September 17.
“An added requirement for attendees has been issued: in addition to proof of full vaccination with either an FDA or WHO-authorised vaccine, attendees at all four shows will be required to provide proof of a negative RT-PCR Covid test prior to admission to all Emmy ceremonies,” said the academy.
Still to be determined are whether guests will be required to wear face masks. LA county currently requires the use of masks inside commercial venues.
As part of the move to the tent, the Television Academy also revealed that the guest list, which was already limited to vaccinated nominees, would further be shrunk to include only four tickets per nominated teams of three or more.
The organisation also announced that two more categories have been added to the primetime telecast: variety sketch series and variety special (live).
The Primetime Emmys will air on Sunday, September 19