Attendees of the 94th Oscars ceremony, which will be held in March, will need to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination and at least two negative PCR test results, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.
Performers and presenters at the film industry's highest honors also must undergo polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing, but will not need to show proof of vaccination, the source said.
Face covering requirements will vary at the event on March 27 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, according to the source.
Nominees and their guests in lower sections of the theater will not be required to wear masks. They will be seated with more distance than usual between groups, the source said. The Dolby has a capacity of 3,317 people and 2,500 will be invited.
Those seated in the mezzanine may be required to wear masks, as they will sit shoulder-to-shoulder. COVID-19 cases are declining in Los Angeles County and organizers are consulting with government officials and infectious disease experts.
The vaccination policies were first reported by the New York Times.
Comic actor Amy Schumer, actor Regina Hall and fellow comedian Wanda Sykes, will host the awards – the first time three women will emcee the Oscars.