In its first round of stay-at-home orders in March 2020, California deemed entertainment industry workers essential under the broader category of "industrial, commercial, residential, and sheltering facilities and services."
According to the state's public health leader, workers in the entertainment industry, if "remote work is not practical," are part of the essential workforce as long as they follow coronavirus safety guidance.
On November 19, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a new limited stay-at-home order applicable to counties experiencing the highest rates of new infections. The order bars people from gathering with those from outside their households and taking part in activities away from home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Those working in entertainment, as essential workers, are exempt from this order.