Production on “Star Trek: Discovery” has been quickly shut down due to a possible publicity to Covid-19. On Saturday, Deadline reported that somebody concerned within the manufacturing of the show had come into contact with somebody who examined optimistic for Covid-19. That particular person is now quarantining for 14 days.
Though the one who got here into contact with the contaminated particular person seemingly did not have contact with anybody on set after their potential publicity, manufacturing has nonetheless shut down for 2 weeks.
Covid-19 Hits Close to Discovery Cast
According to Deadline, the one who got here into contact with a optimistic Covid case is a Zone A particular person. “Discovery’s” pandemic insurance policies break up the cast and crew into completely different teams based mostly on how shut their contact is with the core cast and crew. Zone A people are folks that have direct contact with the core cast and crew.
Deadline reported that the Zone A particular person’s potential publicity occurred whereas they have been off the set. Additionally, they didn’t return to set after their contact with a Covid-positive particular person.
However, manufacturing nonetheless shut down for 2 weeks to guarantee the protection of everybody concerned within the show. According to Deadline, the cast and crew of practically 80 individuals won’t have to quarantine. However, they may nonetheless be pretty locked down as Toronto, Ontario, the place the show is filming, just lately enacted new security measures in response to a surge in Covid cases.
The delay seemingly will not affect the discharge date for the show as filming and post-production have been underway for months.
‘Discovery’ has Taken the Pandemic Very Seriously
The resolution to begin filming throughout a worldwide pandemic wasn’t a simple one for the producers of “Discovery.” Showrunner Alex Kurtzman informed the BlerdGurl podcast that the manufacturing staff labored extremely onerous to be sure that all the pieces was secure for the cast and crew after they returned to set in November final 12 months.
CBS has spent a unprecedented amount of cash to maintain us secure. Everything we have requested for, we have gotten. We really feel extremely effectively supported. I really feel as secure as I might probably be on this little delicate bubble of setting that we have now. So it is about staying vigilant about that, but additionally, discovering a method to have enjoyable whereas we’re doing it.
Frequent “Discovery” director Olatunde Osunsanmi, who joined Kurtzman on the podcast, stated that each resolution the cast and crew made was centered on listening to the science and protecting everybody secure.
Both Kurtzman and Osunsanmi stated that the pandemic has made everybody extra discerning concerning the filming course of. To restrict their time on set, they are not doing additional takes to collect backup footage for the modifying course of. So, they’ve to be very choosy concerning the takes they do get.
They’ve had to make modifications to each a part of their filming plan to maintain everybody secure.
‘Strange New Worlds’ had Covid Troubles Too
Just every week and a half in the past, the cast and crew of “Strange New Worlds” had a detailed name with Covid-19 as effectively. On April 14th, Deadline reported that an actor who was slated to visitor star on the show examined optimistic for Covid-19.
Luckily, the actor was by no means on the set of the show earlier than they examined optimistic. However, they did come into contact with a couple of crew members throughout a dressing up becoming. Those crew members went into quarantine, as did the actors.
Contact tracing decided that the publicity hadn’t impacted individuals on set, so manufacturing on the show did not shut down.