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Monday, December 21, 2020

Coronavirus Update 12-21-2020: Ensuring compliance with your Covid safety protocols shouldn’t be a mission impossible


British newspaper The Sun published leaked audio capturing Tom Cruise angrily addressing two crew members who he believed had breached Covid-19 protocols while filming "Mission Impossible 7."

His rant (in part):
I don't ever want to see it again, ever! And if you don't do it you're fired, if I see you do it again you're f***ing gone. And if anyone in this crew does it - that's it, and you too and you too. And you, don't you ever f***ing do it again.

That's it! No apologies. You can tell it to the people that are losing their fing homes because our industry is shut down. …

Do you understand what I want? Do you understand the responsibility that you have? … And if you can't be reasonable and I can't deal with your logic, you're fired. That's it.
Reports say that workers on the set were left stunned by his angry outburst.

While you could take issue with his delivery, Cruise's message is 100% correct. It's the responsibility of every employee to do everything within their power to follow Covid safety protocols because that is what's necessary to keep businesses open and everyone employed. 

Whatever rules you deploy to keep your employees safe, you're doing so because you have a responsibility to them. It's not because you're trying to be difficult or make their jobs harder. You're trying to make their jobs safer. And if they don't like it, or can't follow the rules, then they should understand that they'll have to find work elsewhere. It's a pandemic and lives, and livelihoods, are at stake. Period.