Amid a rise in novel coronavirus cases across multiple states, CAA will keep offices in Los Angeles, New York and Nashville shuttered through the end of the year.
The agency had previously set an August 1 timetable for a decision to return to its major offices, including London. CAA also has offices in Chicago, Atlanta, Jacksonville and Memphis stateside as well as outposts in Beijing, Shanghai, Stockholm, Munich and Geneva.
Los Angeles has seen a COVID-19 uptick in recent weeks, with 105,507 total confirmed cases and 3,402 deaths as of July 1, according to the county’s Department of Public Health. California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered 19 counties to close indoor business operations as of Wednesday, including movie theaters, restaurants and bars.
Confirmed COVID-19 cases amounted to a total of 10,136 in the Nashville/Davidson region as of July 1, per the county’s Metro Public Health Department count on July 1. And New York City’s case total stands at 212,412 as of Wednesday.
Since mid-March’s film and TV shutdown due to the pandemic, major companies nationwide have told employees to work remotely. The pause in production has financially hit the representation business, as major agencies have implemented furloughs and layoffs as well as pay cuts.
On April 8, CAA instituted companywide pay cuts that would be proportionate to salary, “with our highest compensated colleagues shouldering a greater responsibility,” the agency said at the time.
While Hollywood film and TV projects are allowed to resume on-set shoots as of June 12 in Los Angeles County, strict safety protocols are in place.
And major movie theater chains have backed off plans to reopen locations in mid-July. AMC, the largest theater chain in the U.S., revised its timeline on June 29, pushing back the reopening of several hundred theaters to July 30.