As the situation with the health threat posed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, we'll be updating this post with information and resources. We are coordinating closely with the IA, the AMPTP, the studios and production companies large and small, and monitoring advisories at all governmental levels. We will continue to provide information as it becomes available.
The health and safety of our community is our first priority. If you have any questions or concerns — of whatever variety — please reach out to us.
MEMBERS - information on DUES can be found here.
Below we have included links to many resources. We encourage you to visit the CDC and WHO for information regarding the virus, situation updates, personal protective precautions and recommendations for community preparedness.
Other Resources you will find below:
Contact info for Local 871:
Jason Elias – Business Rep
jason [at] ialocal871.org
Katie Murphy – Assistant Business Rep
katie [at] ialocal871.org
Note: Information on this site is not intended to substitute for actual medical care or professional medical advice. If you believe you are, or may be, ill, contact your primary care health provider immediately.
CDC COVID 19 Factsheet
Info for Travelers: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html#_blank
Local & State Government and Agencies
Messages from Governor Newsom
Governer's Newsroom - https://www.gov.ca.gov/newsroom/
Messages from Mayor Garcetti
California Department of Public Health
LA County Department of Public Health
OSHA Covid-19 Guidelines
Portals to other Resource Pages
IATSE Corona Virus Update Portal
AFL-CIO Info Portal
California Labor Federation
Los Angeles Federation of Labor
Studio Policies on COVID-19 From Local 700
In the state of California, if your employer has shut down operations or reduced hours due to COVID-19, you can file an unemployment insurance claim.
Our general advice is to file for unemployment as soon as possible to minimize the time it will take for you to collect benefits should you become eligible. Filing for unemployment simply creates an account with a state's department of labor; it does not mean you are seeking benefits for any particular week.
The California Employment Development Department (EDD) has announced if you cannot work because you have been exposed to COVID-19, they will provide short term benefit payments. Paid Family Leave can be used if you find you are taking care of a family member who has been quarantined.
For more information go to: https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm
Members who are working out of state: SB 271, which passed last year, is effective as of January 2020. It ensures that our members who make California their home have full access to UI, SDI and PFL benefits, regardless of whether work on a production takes them to another state.
Work search requirement: (from: https://edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019/faqs.htm)
If you are temporarily out of work and plan to return to the same employer, you do not need to meet the usual requirement of looking for work while you are collecting unemployment benefits. The EDD will inform you if you are not required to look for work each week.
If you are not connected to a certain employer with a job to return to, you are required to look for work while collecting benefits. Looking for work can be done from home including using online channels, mailing job applications, calling about job openings, registering in CalJOBSSM (the state’s online labor exchange system), etc. The EDD will inform you if you are required to look for work each week.
Putting yourself on the Local's avail list can satisfy your work search requirement. 871 members: Please Log in at www.ialocal871.org and navigate to : https://www.ialocal871.org/My-871/My-Profile/Update-My-Availability. This cannot be done retroactively. If you need your login and password email Office@ialocal871.org.
3.24.2020 UPDATE - CA Labor Secretary Julie A. Su sent a memorandum to EDD Director Sharon Hilliard authorizing the department to take additional steps to streamline the approval process for an unprecedented surge in unemployment insurance (UI) benefit claims and issue payments as quickly as possible.
Info on the the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security “CARES” Act (Stimulus)
From The IATSE: https://www.iatse.net/news/congress-passes-cares-act-providing-immediate-economic-relief-entertainment-workers
Good overall explanation from NBC News: https://www.nbcnews.com/business/consumer/stimulus-checks-are-coming-here-s-how-make-sure-you-n1169576
Stimulus check Calculator from WashingtonPost: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/business/coronavirus-stimulus-check-calculator/
Deadline article about how CARES will affect Entertainment industry: https://deadline.com/2020/03/coronavirus-congress-entertainment-1202891947/
IRS COVID info: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus
IATSE members in Southern California should apply only to MPTF, and the rest of the country should apply only to The Actors Fund. The only exceptions in Southern California are Local 600 and Local 33 who should apply to The Actors Fund.
Motion Picture Television Fund (Southern California Residents)
- Intake line: 323-634-3888
- Crisis support, can connect to social workers, and financial assistance
- All members including sports are eligible
Actors Fund (IATSE members who don't live in Southern California)
- Emergency Financial Assistance:
United Way of Los Angeles
- Call 211 for help: https://www.unitedwayla.org/en/get-help/ or www.211.org
- 211 LA is the central source for providing information and referrals for health, human and social services in Los Angeles County. 211’s phone lines are open 24/7 and are answered by trained Community Resource Advisors prepared to offer help with any situation, any time with an updated services database of over 50,000 services.
Federal Student Loans
All borrowers with federally held student loans will automatically have their interest rates set to 0% for a period of at least 60 days. Secretary DeVos has directed all federal student loan servicers to grant an administrative forbearance to any borrower with a federally held loan who requests one. To request this forbearance, borrowers should contact their loan servicer online or by phone. The Secretary has also authorized an automatic suspension of payments for any borrower more than 31 days delinquent as of March 13, 2020, or who becomes more than 31 days delinquent.
Relief Fund for Hollywood Support Staff - currently not taking any more applications
For support staffers, #PayUpHollywood, Scriptnotes Podcast, Junior Hollywood Radio & Television Society (JHRTS) and YEA! have teamed to create the Hollywood Support Staff COVID-19 Relief Fund (apply; donate).
Article Lists this and other possible resources: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/hollywood-guilds-tap-emergency-funds-workers-but-may-not-be-1285117
Crowd-sourced guide to local services
Here is a great LA-based, crowd-sourced guide to local services available during COVID-19--covering government benefits, worker/housing/low-income resources, entertainment, best practices, etc.
If you haven’t yet qualified for MPI coverage, COVID-19 is now a qualifying event to get Covered California insurance plans. You do not have to have the virus to qualify. Special open enrollment has opened up because of the threat of getting the disease and being uninsured.
Updates from 3.26.2020
- Individual Account Plan (IAP) Hardship Withdrawal is Permitted: Members who need to will be able to withdraw up to 20% from their IAP account under a new program developed in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The $2 trillion federal stimulus bill, slated to be approved by the house today and signed by the president into law, proposes waivers of both the 20% tax and the 10% penalty on these withdrawals. Details of the program will be developed in April, and MPI has set a target application date of May 1.
- Waiver of Medical Premiums: Effective immediately, Participants responsible for paying active health premiums are granted a one-time premium waiver for one eligibility quarter.
- Telemedicine Options and info for MPI participants.
- No Out-of-Pocket Costs for COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing
- Early Prescription Refills Are Available
- VIEW FLYER FOR MORE INFO ON THESE UPDATES
- Information From MPI Regarding the COVID-19 Testing,Coverage & Other Info
- All coronavirus testing is covered in-network by MPIHP plans. If you think you need testing, contact your doctor BEFORE going in.
- MPI tells us their call systems are getting experienceing long wait times and recommend people email email@example.com. As a reminder, please include your name, date of birth, MPI ID (or last four numbers of your Social Security Number) and mailing address (or phone number) when sending emails to MPI. This will help expedite the process of responding.
- The MPI board and staff are working with the IA as we work towards a solution to address the drop in hours that keep our members qualified for health benefits. READ more...
Exer Urgent Care
Urgent care (Anthem), for a $15 copay, is available at all Exer Urgent Care clinics. http://exerurgentcare.com/
Members should ask their favorite Urgent Care if they’re covered by MPI or the individual health plan. Some are.
(Courtesy of the Actors Fund)
- Wash your hands with soap and water thoroughly and often for at least 20 seconds.
- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Avoid close contact—meaning within about six feet—with people who have a cough or other respiratory symptoms.
- Healthy people do not need to routinely wear face masks to prevent infection, but use a mask if you are caring for someone who is ill.
- Get the flu vaccine. Older people should also consider getting vaccinated against pneumonia.
If you feel ill:
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your bent elbow, (NOT YOUR HAND) and immediately dispose of tissues in the trash.
- Avoid close contact with others including handshakes and hugging.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- If you think you may have been exposed to Coronavirus, contact a health care provider promptly if you develop a fever, cough or have difficulty breathing.
- Before you go to a clinic or hospital, call ahead so the staff can take appropriate precautions.
- Wearing a face mask can stop the spread of droplets that can transmit the virus to others.
Online EDUCATION & ENRICHMENT Resources for Kids (FREE/LOW COST)
ANOTHER Great Google list of resources, many are free
Parents Supporting Teachers COVID-19 Resources List, Created for Parents, by Parents, with support from Reclaim Our Schools Los Angeles (ROSLA) and the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE)
SUPER GOOGLE LIST OF EDU Companies offering FREE RESOURCES
Calendar with when a bunch of different educational livestreams are happening. (NOTE it’s in Eastern time)
This is from a tech teacher in Aurora, CO.
Another resource from LAUSD
Large spreadsheet with basically All Subjects and virtual ways to learn:
Northshore Learning – Resources by Grade Level
PBS SoCal – Resources by grade Level
Virtual Field Trips
Individual Links - resources and Activities :
Scholastic Learn at Home
Free Daily Art Lessons on Facebook from “Make”
Download Coloring Pages from over 100 Museums
Bio- interactive – expected to be posting resources specifically for teaching remotely/teaching at home in the next couple of days
Music Education – Save the Music (things in Orange are available online)
Cincinnati Zoo Home Safari
Cleveland Inner City Ballet - Virtual Online Ballet Instruction Program
Cosmic Kids Yoga – You tube
Georgia Aquarium underwater cams-
Art For Kids YouTube Channel:
P.E. Classes online:
Grade Level Work books for Parents from Teachers:
Over 100 Activities for Kids on a Dime Budget:
Social Studies - 42 Fun Websites to Learn and Teach Social Studies From Home:
Authors Read-Aloud Online: Google Doc is at:
Storytime from Astronauts: Astronauts are reading books from space.
Apps for Special Needs Students at Home:
Online EDUCATION & ENRICHMENT Resources FOR ADULTS (FREE/LOW COST)
How to Use Zoom for Video Conferencing & Virtual Meetings
Sync on set Webinars
La Public Library online Learning resources
Free Month Trial from The Great Courses:
Free Ivy League classes-
Lauren Koeppe of Create Hospitality and her fiancée Page Jeter are hosting a cooking show via Instagram @createhospitality. They go live nightly at 7 p.m. PST, each time cooking a new dish.
Nguyen Tran of Starry Kitchen is helping Angelenos cook at home via Starry Kitchen’s subreddit.
3 months free guitar, bass or ukelele lessons from Fender
Free books, plays & other Literary texts
List of resources:
This ‘National Emergency Library’ is offering free online access to 1.4 million books
La Public Library online Learning resources
National Theatre – Free theatre on Thursday nights (available on youtube for 7days) Starting April 2
Shakespeare at the Globe
Metropolitan Opera Streaming new opera every night
Beethoven Fest – Virtual Finale
Museum virtual tours
Using Google Art & Culture, you can take a virtual tour of museums throughout the world.
Visit the Guggenheim from home
British Museum very cool interactive timeline
The Louvre – online Tours
Van Gogh Museum
Frida Kahlo Museum
A Free Jean-Michel Basquiat & Keith Haring Virtual Exhibit Opens To The Public Today
Other Virtual Tours
List of resources
Winchester Mystery House
Google Maps Virtual Tours (Includes places like Venice, Petra, Grand Canyon, Mt Fuji)
Optum - public toll-free help line number, (866) 342-6892, will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for as long as necessary. This service is free of charge and open to anyone.
Several coping and disaster tools and resources available
Awakened Breathwork – ONLINE!
Classes are NOW ONLINE on Wednesdays at 6pm PST so you can reap the benefits from the comfort of your home.
Great Portal site to wellness & mental health resources
Yale class on how to be happy
Lots of Wellness resources here for navigating uncharted times
Sound healer Roxie Sarhangi is offering sound baths over Instagram. Her next scheduled event is March 18 at 7 p.m. Follow her on Instagram @roxiesoundhealing.
Meditation app "Calm" is offering several free resources here, including sleep meditations, sleep stories, video tutorials on stretching, meditations for kids, and more.
UltraCore Power is proud to announce its 100 % FREE XR30 AT-HOME – Fitness Program
Yoga app Down Dog’s Yoga for Beginners, HIIT, Barre, and 7 Minute classes will be free until April 1.
Dancer Kelleia Sheerin will host her “Kelleia & the Jazz” dance classes live on Instagram. The next one is on Thursday, March 19 at 12:30 p.m. PST. Find her on Instagram @kelleiaandthejazz.
305 Fitness: This all-levels dance cardio fitness class feels like an ‘80s-style aerobic workout. Head over to YouTube for free live and recorded classes with themes like throwback Thursday and country hoedown.
Edge Performing Arts Center: The Hollywood studio is one of L.A.’s premiere places to train for a dance career in film, television and stage. Head to Instagram to find free class videos in jazz, ballet barre and contemporary.
Dancing Alone Together is an online platform and resource for livestreamed classes, performance footage and dance projects.
The dance community has also compiled class lists: