Just came across this article quoted and linked below about the outrage some California business owners are facing over having to shut down due to government orders while movie and TV production has been deemed essential since almost the beginning of the pandemic.
…ever since April, film and TV production has been considered “essential” work in California. According to a 23-page Newsom-approved document that lays out the state’s critical infrastructure, essential workers include those “supporting the entertainment industries,” as long as they follow public health protocols. And though some studio bystanders had been concerned that the industry might be removed from the exempt list with latest December orders, they were pleased to find that wasn’t the case. Says one top state official, “It bodes well for the industry that it made it through this round.”Hollywood Insiders Defend “Essential” Worker Status Amid Growing Criticism | Hollywood Reporter
This is a vexing question to answer: what should and should not be considered essential work? If you have to put food on your table, your job — whatever it is — seems pretty darned essential. I feel for those work in any job and are shut down and can’t work.
The flipside of that is most people would logically conclude that entertainment is not an essential work. If your favorite TV show can’t film the next season during the pandemic, it’s not going to be the end of life as we know it.
Obviously, health care is essential. Both of us are in/around the retail sector and people need to eat, so would say what we’re doing is fairly essential. My wife’s job more than mine, admittedly, but we’ve both been blessed to be able to continue working the whole time.
I didn’t receive an annual performance increase to my salary, nor did many salaried workers at my company. Was glad that the hourly employees all received theirs and was fine that it went this way. Again, I was just happy to be working this whole time. A lot of people haven’t been able to say that and I feel for them.
So, treading very carefully here in determining what is and isn’t essential. Would all just seem a bit hypocritical to personally declare it all non-essential, but do agree that it seems the entertainment business is very non-essential compared to restaurants. If you close a restaurant for half the year, they probably won’t survive. That’s exactly what’s happening. Same with many other businesses, and yet them being open is very essential.