Riverdale has shut down production after a production member came into contact with a person who had come into contact with the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Riverdale was in production for their fourth season when the incident occurred.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Brothers Television confirmed that “the team member is receiving medical evaluation. Production was halted as a result of “an abundance of caution” to protect the crew and the cast members working on the show.
In their statement, Warner Brothers Television stated, “The health and safety of our employees, casts, and crew is always our top priority. We have an will take precautions to protect everyone who works on our productions
The CW series first premiered in 2017 and follows the life of characters based upon the original Archie comics. The series features Archie Andrews’ life in Riverdale and his exploration of the dark secrets that the town holds.
The news comes amidst a storm of global coronavirus outbreaks. On Wednesday, March 11, the World Health Organization declared coronavirus to be a pandemic which requires international efforts to quell. Currently, there are over 1000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States with 31 confirmed deaths. Globally, there have been over 120,000 cases and 4,600 deaths as a result of the outbreak.
COVID-19 has hit Hollywood hard with the cancellation of major conferences such as South by Southwest (SXSW), one of the largest entertainment festivals in the United States. Additionally, the NBA has suspended the season after a Utah Jazz player tested positive for the virus. Live audiences will now be forbidden from watching NBA games in person. Following suit, many late-night talk show hosts, including Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers, Jimmy Fallon, and John Oliver, are now taping shows rather than recording them live in front of a live studio audience. In addition, the release date for the upcoming James Bond film, No Time to Die, has been postponed to the November. The film was originally scheduled to be released in April. To make matters worse, Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for the virus after a trip to Australia and are now undergoing treatment.
Currently, there’s no word on when Riverdale will resume their production of their fourth season.