Amid the newest surge in Covid-19 instances, CNN is closing all of its workplaces workers who usually are not required to be there to do their jobs.
CNN President Jeff Zucker introduced the brand new coverage in a memo to workers on Saturday. It additionally applies to Turner Sports and WarnerMedia Studios.
“We are doing this out of an abundance of caution,” Zucker wrote. “And it will also protect those who will be in the office by minimizing the number of people who are there.”
“Our newsgathering teams will be re-evaluating assignments and adjusting travel accordingly,” he wrote.
“TV news 101,” he wrote. “Networks always have to ensure that control rooms and shows can remain on the air.”
The announcement of the CNN workplace closure come amid a surge in Covid instances nationwide, with the Northeast on the epicenter. Among the hardest-hit states in the meanwhile is New York, which yesterday file its highest single-day complete of latest Covid forged because the starting of the pandemic. Fueling the surge is the Omicron variant, first recognized in numerous elements of Southern Africa, which has now been detected in not less than 38 states.
CNN’s workplaces had been open to workers who’ve been vaccinated, however it has been on a voluntary foundation. Like different firms, a full return date to the workplace has been postponed a number of instances, and now Zucker mentioned that the coverage will stay in place “until further notice.”
Zucker’s full memo beneath:
Given the current, sudden surge in Covid instances across the nation, and inside our groups at CNN, Turner Sports & WarnerMedia Studios, as of tonight we’re CLOSING our workplaces to all workers who do not need to be within the workplace to do their jobs. If your job doesn’t REQUIRE you to be within the workplace to be able to do it, please work from elsewhere. If you may have questions on your function and whether or not you could be in, please discuss to your supervisor.
We are doing this out of an abundance of warning. And it can additionally shield those that shall be within the workplace by minimizing the variety of people who find themselves there.
For these of you who will nonetheless be coming in, masks shall be required always, all over the place, until you might be consuming, consuming or in a room by your self. We will additionally be making some modifications to studios and management rooms we’re utilizing to assist reduce the variety of folks in our areas. Show groups will hear extra about this from their managers. Our newsgathering groups shall be re-evaluating assignments and adjusting journey accordingly.
We will proceed to supply updates about our plans past the New Year, however this coverage will stay in impact till additional discover. For these of you exterior of the US, you’ll be listening to out of your native administration about plans in your workplaces.
Thank you in your continued endurance, professionalism and vigilant consideration to your well being and that of your colleagues. Stay secure.
“We are doing this out of an abundance of caution,” CNN inside memo provides. “And it will also protect those who will be in the office by minimizing the number of people who are there.” TV information 101: Networks all the time have to make sure that management rooms and reveals can stay on the air.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) December 19, 2021