Universal Studios began welcoming back employees June 15 to its 400-acre lot after three months of safer-at-home directives.
Those returning to work — just as California Gov. Gavin Newsom lifted the ban on film and television productions — were greeted with temperature checks and a swag bag filled with pandemic essentials like two handmade cloth face masks, two bottles of hand sanitizer, two bottles of disinfectant spray, and a device that allows people to interact with surfaces like tables, elevator buttons and doors without making direct contact.
Per a source, all the items were sourced by local trades professionals on the lot as a way to keep people working and not take resources from front line workers. A rep for Universal did not respond to requests for comment.
This story first appeared in the June 24 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe.