Crew members on the set of Apple TV+ unique collection “Mythic Quest” are venting to media shops after producers referred to as the manufacturing one of many “most secure locations you could be outdoors of your properties” regardless of two reported COVID clusters.
Citing sources accustomed to the matter, Selection reviews present creator and star Rob McElhenney in early December sought to reassure solid and crew of the manufacturing’s security. After being knowledgeable of a “a number of” optimistic circumstances on Dec. 4, McElhenney suspended manufacturing and despatched a memo to workers the subsequent day.
“For as alarming as this sounds, now we have been anticipating this for weeks,” the observe reads. “The numbers within the county are spiking and consequently our numbers are doing the identical. However to this point there stays ZERO proof of any transmission at work. Our set continues to be one of many most secure locations you could be outdoors of your properties.”
These claims had been characterised as “utter horseshit” by one crew member who contracted the lethal virus. The unnamed individual mentioned he was in shut contact with others who additionally examined optimistic on the CBS Radford lot in Studio Metropolis, the report says. There have been 4 outbreaks on the facility over the previous month with no less than 12 circumstances traced again to “Mythic Quest.” The present beforehand reported a number of circumstances in November.
A second crew member informed Selection that the manufacturing initially adhered to COVID protocols like masks mandates and social distancing, however later relapsed to “commonplace working process[s]” close to the top of the shoot.
An environmental consulting agency tasked to supervise the manufacturing’s coronavirus security measures maintains the present was in compliance with rules handed down by scientists and well being consultants. Lionsgate, which produces “Mythic Quest,” echoed the assertion, including that the “well being and security of our Mythic Quest’ crew is our highest precedence.”
At the least one crew member who examined optimistic believes they contracted the virus on set. Whereas the manufacturing didn’t deliberately put employees in hurt’s manner, there was strain to get the job performed, the individual mentioned. Following an 11 day pause in manufacturing, capturing resumed on Wednesday.
McElhenney defended his observe to indicate workers in an announcement to Selection.
“Our medical workers has made each effort to make sure the well being and security of our crew,” he mentioned. “We now have all been working tirelessly to expedite the sharing of clear and correct data in a well timed method. No resolution was made nor data communicated with out the science to assist it. As all productions are seeing, it is inconceivable to mitigate a hundred percent of the chance. CTEH, our scientists and public well being advisers, and our whole manufacturing crew have adopted all protocols put in place by the CDC, LA County, SAG/AFTRA and the DGA. We’ll proceed to comply with the science and work within the most secure manner doable. We’re very happy with the diligence, endurance and dedication of our solid and crew.”
“Mythic Quest” is a tentpole collection for Apple TV+, with Apple ordering a second season earlier than the primary aired in February.