‘Riverdale’ Suspends Production Due To COVID-19 Exposure
by Erik Amaya
The world of entertainment also faces a change to its status quo amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Riverdale has suspended production after it came to light that a member of the crew has been exposed to the virus. In a statement given to the site, Warner Bros. Television said, “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.”
This “abundance of caution” means production has ceased for the time being. It is unclear when it will resume. And as WBTV shows are typically four-to-five weeks ahead of episodes airing, interruption in the current storyline will not occur until mid-April.
Caution may also dictate shows which film nearby may also close-up until the extent of the exposure is determined.
The COVID-19 outbreak has led to a number of postponements and outright cancellations of many geek-focused events or films — including the recent delay of WonderCon Anaheim 2020. It has also seen major sports leagues suspend games and a move toward more online only presentations as various industries attempt to maintain some normalcy amid a spirit of self-quarantine. It is hoped these self-imposed isolation procedures will help to slow the spread of the disease.