Who from the ‘Riverdale’ cast has got Coronavirus?
Riverdale is taking a couple week hiatus following the whole “Is Jughead dead” plotline that dragged out forever. Though we should probably expect another hiatus in the near future as the Riverdale set has shut down production. Unlike last year, Riverdale’s production shutdown is not to do with a death of the cast member. Instead, a crew member of everyone’s favorite trash series came in contact with someone infected by the coronavirus or COVID-19.
At this point, with all the media attention, we feel like we don’t need to get into explanations as to what the coronavirus pandemic is. Though events are being cancelled left and right from SXSW to CinemaCon. Filming for Falcon and the Winter Soldier in Prague has been suspended. Film releases for No Time to Die, A Quiet Place II, and Fast & Furious 9 have been delayed.
Riverdale, to our knowledge, is the first television show in Vancouver, BC where The CW shoots most of their series to close its production down. Or, at least, the first series hailing from The CW.
So what, exactly, is going down? Is everyone on the set okay?
Let’s break it down like a Riverdale murder board for a moment.
Is the person okay?
The unnamed Riverdale crew member is currently undergoing “medical evaluation”. According to reports from both Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter, this crew member hasn’t even tested positive for the coronavirus. They came in contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19.
Of course, given how COVID-19 can spread quickly, the concern is not a huge surprise. Given how it can take up to two weeks for COVID-19 symptoms to appear, this was hopefully caught fairly early.
Why suspend production?
Suspending production for Riverdale is a cautionary measure in order to make sure that cast and crew are all healthy and ready to go. As we stated, COVID-19 can spread rapidly. While the crew member has not tested positive, only came in contact with someone who had tested positive, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t carrying it.
In a statement released from Warner Bros Television, they made it clear that the health of those working on Riverdale came first and foremost in making the decision to suspend production.
“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.”
So when will Riverdale go back into production?
Warner Bros has not given a time table at this time for when Riverdale would head back into production. Our best guess is that the series will have a suspension of a couple of weeks. Again, we’re going with what we know about the spread of COVID-19 and how the symptoms appear. So, after a couple of weeks and no one shows signs of contracting the illness, we’re assuming everyone will head back to work.
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