CNN has introduced it’s closing its workplaces to non-essential employees amid a surge in Covid instances and never lengthy after critics highlighted a ‘maskless’ vacation community social gathering.
If an worker’s job doesn’t require them to be within the workplace, then they need to work “elsewhere,” community head Jeff Zucker mentioned in a Saturday memo, first reported by the Wall Avenue Journal. The choice has been made out of “an abundance of warning.”
Adjustments are additionally being made to newsrooms to attenuate the quantity of individuals “in our areas,” he mentioned. The community will return to utilizing smaller-scale studios and distant expertise because it had beforehand performed in response to the pandemic. A tentative return to workplace date has been set for January, in keeping with the WSJ’s report.
Like different main media firms, CNN is making adjustments as a result of new Covid surge. CNN workplaces are closing “to all staff who should not have to be within the workplace to do their jobs,” per inner memo tonight. Again to 2020 protocols, primarily.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) December 19, 2021
CNN has a “zero-tolerance coverage” on vaccine necessities, and three staffers had been fired after not getting inoculated and exhibiting up on the workplace in August. CNN host Brianna Keilar, who’s “double vaccinated and boosted,” not too long ago introduced she has “symptomatic Covid.”
I’ve symptomatic covid and am so grateful to have the safety of being double vaccinated and boosted. Please watch out about potential exposures and get examined earlier than gathering with family and friends.
— Brianna Keilar (@brikeilarcnn) December 17, 2021
Masking can also be required for workers, until they’re consuming or consuming or by themselves.
The community has obtained criticism on social media since final week, with many poking enjoyable at a slew of workplace vacation social gathering photos posted to social media by host Jake Tapper and his fellow staff that present maskless staffers (although Tapper and others insist this was just for photos).
Not a single white elitist liberal right here is carrying a masks and you’re utterly blind to the irony.
— Will Ricciardella (@WillRicci) December 19, 2021
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