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Are negative covid tests required to attend the Emmy Awards?

Stars who attend Sunday's 73rd Primetime Emmys will not only have to show proof of vaccination, but will also be required to take a PCR test.

Giancarlo Esposito, from left, Hannah Waddingham, Eliza Bennett and Phil Dunster at the 73rd Emmy Awards Performers Nominee Celebration hosted by Ketel One Family Made Vodka, on Friday, September 17, 2021
Jordan StraussInvision for the Television Academy

As with several other major events, the Emmy Awards, which will be held Sunday, Sept.19 at 8 p.m., will be a little different this year. With the Delta variant currently ramping up across California, the Television Academy are having to be more cautious than ever. Therefore, they have held talks with Los Angeles health officials to elaborate measures that ensure the safety of all attendees at the glittering ceremony.

Mandatory PCR within two days of the event

The latest implemented measure is the one regarding a mandatory negative PCR within 48 hours prior to the event. This saw those who attended the Creative Arts ceremony on Sept. 11 having to present a negative PCR on Sept. 9 at the earliest, while people attending the Primetime ceremony -- the one being aired by CBS and Paramount+ -- on Sept. 19 have been required to hand-in the negative test on Sept. 17 or after.

Only fully vaccinated inside the enclosure

Other measures include limited attendants, having seen its list reduced to a maximum of one guest per person, celebrating all four ceremonies inside air-conditioned tents, and proof of complete vaccination status, despite the mandatory PCR required.

Categories shifted around for security

In addition to the above, several category awards have been shifted from Creative Arts to Primetime in order to compensate for safety regulations. As a result, this year we will see the winning resolution for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series and Outstanding Variety Special (Live) on Primetime Sunday.