Cable broadcaster CNN announced Saturday that CNN will close its offices to non-essential workers in order to return to pandemic shutdown measures early.
CNN President Jeff Zucker said only employees who must work on-site will be allowed into US offices and must wear masks.
“We are doing this with extreme caution,” Zucker said in the memo shared with Reuters. “And it will also protect the people who will be in the office by minimizing the number of people there.”
The move comes as coronavirus infections soar in the US and concerns about a new variant of Omicron.
The onset of a new wave of contagion has resulted in the cancellation of Broadway shows and other events, reminiscent of the closure measures in the early days of the pandemic, when many aspects of daily life and commerce shut down.
“Like other major media companies, CNN is making changes due to the new Covid surge,” said CNN media reporter Brian Stelter. tweeted on Saturday. “Basically, protocols go back to 2020… TV news 101: Networks always have to make sure that control rooms and shows can be broadcast.”
The restriction is said to be temporary – with workers returning in January, according to The Wall Street Journal, the first report on the closure and cited sources.
CNN asked for proof of vaccinations for in-office and field employees, and the station fired three employees last summer – while returning to the office was voluntary – for leaving. do without pressure. Zucker said at the time the company had a “zero tolerance policy” about people coming to work unvaccinated.
https://nypost.com/2021/12/19/cnn-closes-all-offices-to-nonessential-workers-amid-rising-covid-19-cases/ CNN closes all offices to non-essential employees amid increasing COVID-19 cases