The world seems to be banged hard right now with the boundaries that are being set by the Coronavirus and those who are hoping to slow down its spread. I know many people who are working from home, and others who work in hospitals and doctors’ offices, as well as civil servants and law enforcement who have to just continue business as usual, and then there are retailers who have closed their doors but are pledging to continue to pay their employees during the shutdown. But the most difficult situation must be the people who have lost their jobs for the time being and don’t know when they will be able to get them back.
According to a report from Variety, about 120,000 below-the-line entertainment industry jobs have been lost for now. That’s 80% of the 150,000 members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. In a plea from the IATSE, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees union, the employees state that because of the job losses, it is “critical that our industry is included in pending federal relief package.”
I cannot even imagine being in the position right now of no job and don’t know when the normal world will resume and with which restrictions. Especially living in California. These people aren’t going to be getting by on unemployment benefits alone. Hopefully, normal life will return soon, and in the meantime, I hope they are presented with some financial relief and benefits.