Disney+ Series Has Third COVID-19 Shut Down

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Operating a Disney theme park during a pandemic is a big undertaking, but running a safe production set can be just as difficult. To keep everyone involved safe, the moment a positive COVID-19 case is detected, the entire production must immediately halt to ensure that no one else was infected and no spread is occurring. Unfortunately, no matter how much a production tests its actors and crew, there is no way to ensure that no one will not catch the virus when they are not at work.

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One of Disney+’s latest series, Big Shot, starring Full House star John Stamos, has had quite a few run-ins with COVID-19 while shooting. The production is now closing down for a third time due to a positive COVID-19 case. According to WhatsOnDisneyPlus.com, the production will be shutting down for 10 days.

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Reportedly, “The positive case was picked up last week during a regular screening, and the person infected was in Zone 1 on the set.   This then triggers a series of events including contact tracing, to put anyone who has been near the infected person to go into quarantine.”

Although actors and crew may test for COVID-19 multiple times a week, if someone tested negative one morning, goes out after work to run errands and catches the virus, then shows up to work the next morning — you can imagine how easy it is for the virus to spread on a set.

Now, each person must be tested to see if there was any spread, and everyone must quarantine. 

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After the third outbreak was detected on the Big Shot set, Stamos took to Twitter to share some of his frustrations.

My son went to bed last night crying and woke up crying cause he can’t be with his father. I’m grateful to have a job, it’s a privilege at this time. I was exposed to the virus for the 3rd time, and have to isolate again for another 10 days! I feel my job is doing what they can to keep us safe. But people, please follow the rules – your actions affect so many more lives than just your own.  Thanks.

The COVID-19 virus has kept many away from their loved ones for quite some time,  and it seems Stamos is undergoing that hardship every time a positive case is detected on set. The Tweets do not explicitly mention that the person who caught the virus may have not been following proper rules and protocols, but this is the first time Stamos has taken to Twitter to discuss the productions shut down.

Related: Disney Television Studios Forced to Stop Production Due to COVID-19

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For those who may not know, “Big Shot follows a temperamental college basketball coach who gets fired from his job and must take a teaching and coaching job at an elite all-girls private high school.  Big Shot stars John Stamos and an ensemble cast of up-and-coming actors alongside Yvette Nicole Brown.” The show is slated to be released at some point this year on Disney+.

We hope that everyone involved in Big Shot is safe and healthy!

Although this seems like a downfall for Disney+, there are many positives that have gone on with the streaming service. Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni’s The Mandalorian has had two very highly successful seasons with new shows such as Ahsoka stemming from the platform due to the series. Also, with many movie theaters closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Disney+ has been the perfect way to still enjoy a movie night. Theatrical releases such as Soul and Mulan have been released on Disney+ to accommodate the current global situation, and Marvel series like WandaVision give Disney fans something to look forward to each and every week. With all the new content streaming on Disney+, the platform is in high competition with Netflix, Amazon Prime, and more.

Do you think that Big Shot will release in 2021? Or do you think the three shut-downs will be cause for a delay?

 

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