Infection rates are on the rise again in all US states, and those living in the South – especially Missouri, Arkansas, Florida and Louisiana – are well and truly erased. Florida, inexplicably, seems to be celebrating its high infection rates, while those Arkansas dies at alarming rate. With higher infection rates, there are more shutdowns. I would like to think that the progressive state of California – where the majority of film and television productions are located – might be spared, but California isn’t doing so well either, with only a vaccination rate of 52 per cent. one hundred in both the State and County of Los Angeles.
Fortunately, there haven’t been any major production shutdowns recently in the United States… yet. However, season two of Shonda Rhimes’ Bridgerton had to close briefly after several people involved in production tested positive, and production had to stop on Game of thrones prequel Dragon house, as well as. Both Bridgerton and Dragon house are British productions, and if you haven’t followed the shit has turned in the UK again, where infection rates are approaching their wintery levels. Fortunately, so far there have been relatively few deaths and many cases are mild (especially those that only received a single dose (the UK has spaced the first and second doses 8 weeks apart) instead of 3). these aren’t the only ones affected either. Kenneth Branagh’s revival The brown version of Terence Rattigan had to be canceled in the UK because of all COVID imposed absences during rehearsals.
Speaking of production shutdowns, Disney is involved in dispute with his insurance company about indemnities. The Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co. agreed to pay the claims involved in the first shutdown in March, but are reluctant to make payments for productions that were halted in Wave 2, especially for productions that were shut down. because of those who had to quarantine due to the exhibits. It’s a big point of contention that’s likely to unfold all over Hollywood, and if you put on your lawyer hat you can see why. The insurance covers the illness or health of essential personnel, but technically speaking, a production delay caused by an essential person who must be quarantined due to exposure to a sick person – but who is never actually infected – falls into a gray area. They aren’t technically sick, so the insurance company says they shouldn’t have to pay for production delays.
It’s not a particularly interesting wrinkle, but the ripple effect can be significant, especially as the box office numbers finally start to improve. The long and short of this, of course, is that despite the massive availability of life-saving vaccines, we’re likely to continue to be stuck in the COVID cycle for a long time to come.
Source: Los Angeles Times
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