There’s no denying that COVID-19 is everywhere. Unfortunately that also means that to keep people safe until we have a vaccine we will be having to adjust our way of life. And adjust it as rapidly as we can. Many conventions and other large gatherings have been called off, and some shows are halting production. Sports games are going to be played now with a limited amount of people around them and there is talks about just broadcasting them. And now one of our favorite Netflix shows Riverdale has been shut down due to a crew member coming in contact with a coronavirus patient. At the time of this writing it is unclear if it was a cast member or a crew member but they are in the process of testing everyone.
Warner Bros. Statement
“We have been made aware that a team member from ‘Riverdale,’ which is produced in Vancouver, was recently in contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. The team member is currently receiving medical evaluation,” said a Warner Bros. TV spokesperson.
“We are working closely with the appropriate authorities and health agencies in Vancouver to identify and contact all individuals who may have come into direct contact with our team member. The health and safety of our employees, casts and crews is always our top priority. We have and will continue to take precautions to protect everyone who works on our productions around the world.”
“Out of an abundance of caution, production on ‘Riverdale’ is currently suspended.”
There is no word on when they will pick up production again but we hope that it wont impact the release date planned for the upcoming season.
Other media impacted by COVID-19
This isn’t the only show that’s been impacted either. There is also Survivor Season 41 which is not filming because of the growing worry of COVID-19. They were to start filming in March in Fiji. Besides shows that have been impacted other things in the entertainment industry include pushing back the dates of movies in theaters. No Time to Die has been pushed back several months from it’s April release date to Thanksgiving weekend in November. Mulan has pushed back it’s Chinese theatrical premiere to an unspecified time. The box offices in China are all closed due to the virus and it is uncertain when they will open back up. This could but more strain on the film as it was supposed to make a majority of its money in the Chinese market.